What is the outlook for Energy Performance Assessment and Certification schemes in Europe? Learn from the European Union’s recent policy developments, most notably the Renovation Wave strategy as integral component of the EU’s Green Deal and topic related recently ended and ongoing Horizon 2020 coordination and support, and innovation actions.
Energy performance certificates are instrumental in the EU renovation wave
With the Renovation Wave Strategy, the European Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. This will enhance the quality of life for people living in and using the buildings, reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalisation and improve the reuse and recycling of materials. For supporting this overarching aim the European Commission plans to further improve the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) having foreseen in its 2021 work programme a legislative proposal to revise the EPBD, together with an accompanying impact assessment, to be adopted in Q4 2021.