Energy Performance Buildings Directive (EPBD)
The Clean Energy Package of the European Commission – what’s new in the revised EPBD? REHVA published its position paper on the European Commission proposal of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) described in COM (2016) 765.
Europe needs smart regulation for energy efficient and healthy buildings. REHVA - EVIA joint position paper released at EUSEW 2015.
Download the REHVA position paper on the proposal of the European Commission on the EPBD review.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) replaced Directive 2002/91/EC setting a more ambitious framework to improve the energy efficiency of EU buildings. The EPBD is the main legislative instrument at EU level to achieve energy performance in buildings. Article 19 of the EPBD stipulates that the Commission shall evaluate the Directive until the end of 2016.
- Jun 2015 - Feb 2016: open consultation and evaluation of the EPBD recast
- Mar 2016 - Dec 2016: analysis, monitoring and thematic stakeholder consultations
- Jul 2016: Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/1318 on the guidelines for the promotion of nZEB.
- Sep 2016: Parliament resolution on an EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling (2016/2058/(INI)) called for MSs to fully implement the EPBD and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)
- Nov 2016: the Commission unveiled the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package including the legislative proposal on the revised EPBD (COM/2016/0765)
- Nov 2016: Communication from the Commission Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, COM(2016) 773 final
- Dec 2016 - Jan 2017: impact assessment and review of the Directive
- Jan 2017: subsidiary deadline for National parlaments’ opinion
- End 2018: Public buildings to have to be nearly zero energy standards.
- End 2020: All new buildings to be nearly zero energy.
REHVA has specified the definitions to be use in the zero energy buildings – click here.
EU is in a process of forming and setting 2030 energy and climate policy framework. 40% GHG reduction target is being proposed by the Commission as binding target.
Communication "A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030" COM (2014) 15:
European Parliament is going to vote for three binding targets for 2030: a 40% cut in greenhouse gases, compared with 1990 levels; at least 30% of energy to come from renewable sources; and a 40% improvement in energy efficiency. 2030 targets are expected to be fixed by the end of 2015. The discussion of 2030 time frame for next detailed EU targets was launched by Green Paper (COM (2013) 169 final).
Green Paper "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies" COM (2013) 169.
Green Paper reflects a need on a new 2030 framework for climate and energy policies and refers to roadmaps for 2050. Energy Roadmap 2050 (COM (2011) 885 final) states that the prime focus should remain on energy efficiency, where buildings play a major role. It is stated that an analysis of more ambitious energy efficiency measures and cost-optimal policy is required. The roadmap concludes that electricity will have to play a much greater role than now (almost doubling its share in final energy demand to 36-39% in 2050), that shows an importance of electricity use also in buildings.
Energy Roadmap 2050, Brussels, 15.12.2011 COM (2011) 885 final:
Roadmap 2050 (COM (2011) 112 final) sets out a cost-efficient pathway to reach the target of reducing domestic emissions by 80% by 2050. To get there, Europe's emissions should be 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and the sector specific target for residential and service sectors CO2 reduction is 37 to 53%, which include efficiency improvements together with low carbon measures in energy production (the share of low carbon technologies in electricity mix of 75-80% in 2030).
Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050. Brussels, 8.3.2011 COM (2011) 112 final: