The Commission has released the first part of the "Fit for 55" package of proposals along with the Communication. This set of proposals aims to get the EU's policies on climate, energy, land use, transport, buildings and taxation ready for the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
The first part of the Fit for 55 package contains proposals for the introduction or revision of 16 different policies. For the HVAC industry, and buildings at large, the most relevant - but not limited to this - policy proposals are the extension of the EU Emission Trading System to the building sector and the revisions of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Directives to further decarbonise heating and cooling under the Renovation Wave strategy. Another important proposal would be the introduction of the Regulation to establish a Social Climate Fund that has as one of its key objectives to tackle energy poverty for vulnerable households. The package of proposals is accompanied by a Communication document from the Commission explaining the need for this package and its objectives and implementation.
The second part of the Fit for 55 package is planned to follow later this year, among which the Commission will publish its proposal for a third revision of the Energy Performance in Buildings Direct (EPBD).
Open for feedback
The European Commission is open for receiving feedback on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Renewable Energy Directive (RED), as well as on the EU emissions trading system (ETS) and national emissions reduction targets. Feedback is expected by the beginning of November (see dates in the individual links):
- EU renewable energy rules – review
- EU energy efficiency directive (EED) – evaluation and review
- National emissions reduction targets (Effort Sharing Regulation) – review based on 2030 climate target plan
- Climate change – updating the EU emissions trading system (ETS)