REHVA advocacy & EU policy making

REHVA advocacy & EU policy making

REHVA follows European policy developments linked to buildings energy efficiency, especially the review of the EPBD and other relevant EU policies (Ecodesign, Ecolabel, Energy Efficiency Directive, F-gas regulation, Clean energy Package and Energy Union). Updates about EU policy developments are regularly published in the REHVA Journal, Newsletter and Supporters’ Bulletin. This activity is supported by the TRC that coordinates the development of position papers and technical comments supporting evidence based European policy development.

REHVA is advocating for indoor environment quality and buildings energy efficiency and aims at influencing the development of buildings related EU policies and at supporting their national level implementation in the field of HVAC.

Policy issues

Networking and cooperation with EU level professional organisations

Networking and cooperation with EU level professional organisations

REHVA networks and cooperate with various profesionals in the construction sector that are active in the field of buildings energy efficiency, indoor environment quality and sustainable energy: federations of architects, consulting engineers, contractors, HVAC manufacturers, facility managers, construction industry, as well as EU level technology platforms and initiatives. The objectives of REHVA in this field are the professional networking and the joint representation of interest at EU level as well as the knowledge exchange and the promotion and dissemination of innovation and knowledge in the sector.

EU level industry associations and initiatives/campaings

EU institutions and EU public affairs

REHVA keeps liaison with the European Union Institutions: European Commission Services, such as DG Energy, DG Enterprise, DG Environment, DG Research, and the Commissions’ Executive Agencies EASME and INEA, as well as with the European Parliament’s ITRE and ENVI Committees, and the Council of the EU. REHVA is acknowledged by DG Energy and DG Research as a European stakeholder organisation and regularly receives invitations to policy consultations and stakeholder meetings, as well as information about on-going policy making work.

EU level industry associations and initiatives/campaings

REHVA kept liaison with the Brussels based EU level professional associations in the field of HVAC and building energy efficiency, health and IEQ. We exchanged views and participated at several meetings and events about the revised EPBD, and other energy and climate policies - among others - with EVIA, EPEE, EHPA, eu.bac, EHI, EFA, Eurovent Association and EuroACE.

 

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EU ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICIES FRAMEWORK

EU ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICIES FRAMEWORK

Energy and Climate framework 2030

The 2030 climate and energy framework include EU wide-targets and policy objectives for the period from 2021 to 2030. Key targets for 2030 as such are 40% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions; 32% share for renewable; 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency.

The framework was adopted by European Council in October 2014, but the targets for renewables and energy efficiency were revised in 2018.

With a special focus on the Energy union framework, the main aim is to move towards sustainable, low carbon and environmentally friendly economy, putting Europe at the forefront of renewable energy production, clean energy technologies, etc.  Since the Energy Union strategy was launched in February 2015, the Commission has published several packages of measures to ensure the Energy Union is achieved.

The Commission's Clean Energy for All Europeans' package, which was published in November 2016, including a proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union.

EU has adopted integrated monitoring and reporting rules to ensure progress towards the 2030 climate and energy targets and its international commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Member states are obliged to adopt integrated National Climate and Energy Plans (NECPs) for the 10 years period from 2021 to 2030 by the end of 2019.

Moreover, the Member states are also required to develop national long-term strategies by January 1st, 2020 and ensure consistency among long-term strategies and National Climate and Energy Plans.

Governance of Energy Union

Governance of Energy Union

Legal framework

The Energy Union strategy consist of five dimensions. According to the new rules of governance of the energy union, EU member states are required to develop integrated national energy and climate plans that cover all five dimensions for the 10 years period 2021 to 2030.

The main objectives of this strategy are to ensure:

  1. Energy security and diversity of Europe’s sources of energy;
  2. A fully integrated internal energy market; boost to renewable energy supply while providing the best energy prices;
  3. Improving energy efficiency and reducing EU’s dependence on energy imports;
  4. Decarbonising economy and moving towards a low-carbon economy and fulfilling the EU’s commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change;
  5. Supporting research and innovation in low-carbon and clean energy technologies which can boost EU’s competitiveness.

Actions facilitated via Energy Union

To make this regulation work, the inputs of all stakeholders and Member states are needed. Here are some of the minestrones that reflects obligatory participation for member states to play a crucial role in:

  • Timeline for the national energy and climate plans - each member states has to submit their draft of national energy plan until the latest by 30 June 2019. The final plans have to be submitted until the 31 December 2019.
  • Progress reports: the first biennial progress report on the implementation of the national energy and climate plans is due on 15 March 2023.
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency trajectories: in order to reach its overall renewable energy target of 32% by 2030, the EU needs to have met 18% of the target by 2022, 43% by 2025, and 65% by 2027. It was also agreed to set three reference years for energy efficiency (2022, 2025 and 2027).
  • Gap-filler mechanism: if there is a gap at EU level, those member states which fall below their reference points will have to cover the gap by implementing measures at national level. There is also an obligation to cover any gap against the 2020 renewable energy baseline - should that occur within one year. For energy efficiency, the focus will be on measures at EU level.
  • Long term strategies: the co-legislators agreed on an article on EU and member states' long-term strategies, setting out a timetable, with an indicative annex which will highlight the comparability of their long-term strategies, as well as improve the link between the long-term strategies at national level and at EU level.

Forth report on the State of Energy Union and impact on the buildings sector

Currently, there is a Fourth report on the State of Energy Union since April 2019. The report is accompanied by two documents showing progress made in renewable energy and energy efficiency. In parallel the Commission is also putting forward a report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries and a communication for more efficient and democratic decision making in EU energy and climate policy.

Buildings energy efficiency is a key pillar of the Energy Union being the sector with the largest energy saving potential and playing a huge role in the moderation of energy demand. The building sector is targeted by several measures of the strategy: enforcement of the energy related legislation, policy development and support for investments in energy refurbishment as well as research and innovation actions supporting new technologies and their market deployment.

Clean energy package and building sector

Clean energy package and building sector

This package outlines specific measures for the building sector-the largest single energy consumer in Europe, with considerable potential for gains in energy performance.

Therefore, REHVA was actively advocating in the revision of the Energy performance directive (EBPD) and closely monitoring the revision of Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Renewable Energy Directive (EED).

Clean energy for all Europeans package

The Commission's 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package, which was published in November 2016, including a proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. The package includes 8 different legislative proposals (each with a linked impact assessment) covering:

  • Energy Performance in Buildings (EPBD)

  • Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

  • Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

  • Governance of the Energy Union (regulation)

  • Electricity Market Design (the Electricity Directive, Electricity Regulation and Risk-Preparedness Regulation)

  • Rules for the regulator ACER (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators)

This new policy framework fixes two new targets for the EU for 2030: a binding renewable energy target of at least 32% and an energy efficiency target of at least 32,5% - with a possible upward revision in 2023.

Energy and Climate framework Impact on the HVAC

Energy and Climate framework Impact on the HVAC

Buildings in Europe are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36 % of CO2 emissions in the EU. Thus, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the buildings stock is energy inefficient. Therefore, more renovation of existing buildings is needed and potentially leads to significant energy savings-reducing the EU’s total energy consumption by 5-6 % and lowering CO2 emissions by about 5%. At the same time, not only to foster energy efficiency of buildings, REHVA is mainly advocating for healthy indoor environment.

HVAC systems are the subjects of sustainability and efficiency improvements and need a special focus in legislation to boost and supports technology innovations in heating, cooling, air conditioning.

REHVA activities

Read more on REHVA activities in indoor environmental quality and healthy buildings:

REHVA position on 2030 Climate and energy policy

REHVA position on 2030 Climate and energy policy

The first Commission’s proposal for 2030 EU climate and energy policy framework sat targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions by 40% below 1990 level but has abandon binding targets for energy efficiency and renewable which had been guiding the R&D work in building sector for more than 10 years. REHVA was advocating for more ambitious and binding targets that can foster development in energy efficiency, especially in building sector which represents nearly a half of the energy end-use. REHVA highlighted that holistic and balanced energy policies are evidently needed to maintain the achieved progress and to keep the leadership role. Moreover, energy efficiency targets are equally important as the GHC targets as they have a direct influence in the consumers and the industry. It is essential to fix ambitious and cost-effective energy efficiency targets together with GHC targets. Thus, binding target for renewables is essential for a holistic and balanced policy framework.

Read the full REHVA position paper on the European Commission 2030 climate and energy policy here.

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