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REHVA EU Policy Newsletter - January 2022
Read about the many policy initiatives at the end of 2021!
Read about the many policy initiatives at the end of 2021!

by Jasper Vermaut – REHVA Policy & Project Officer

Welcome to our January 2022 Policy Newsletter! Every two months we aim to provide you a quick overview of the most impactful EU policy actions in the transformation towards a clean building stock in Europe. For more in-depth briefings we welcome you to subscribe for our Knowledge Hub and follow our Policy Tracking section for regular updates.

Policy initiatives shifted to a higher gear at the end of 2021 with the publication of the proposal for a revision of the Energy Performance in Building Directive (EPBD) and the agreement between Member States on the first part of the EU Taxonomy. In the revised EPBD the Commission introduces a variety of changes such as a definition for ‘Zero-Emission Buildings’, Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), Renovation Passport and a more prominent place for the impact of ventilation throughout the whole Directive.

Read our press release on the EPBD proposal for more information and a comment by our Managing Director, Anita Derjanecz:

PRESS RELEASE: REHVA welcomes the proposal for new Revision of EPBD

Brussels, 15 December 2021.
  REHVA welcomes the EC proposal for the new revision of the EPBD that was released today by Executive Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. The out-of-schedule revision aims to accelerate efforts under the Renovation Wave to at least double the annual renovation rate by 2030 and shift towards decarbonized buildings.

What's new in the Knowledge Hub EU Policy Tracking?
What's new in the Knowledge Hub EU Policy Tracking?

You can find the following updates from the last month in the Knowledge Hub:  

New content:

  • Briefing on the release of the EPBD 2021 proposal
  • Briefing on the Calculation Methodology for Accounting Renewable Cooling

Updated content:

  • SRI collection of expert input.
  • Fit for 55 – Updated overview of July & December 2021 packages

Upcoming content:

  • Briefing on the Taxonomy Part I - Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation
  • Briefing on the EPBD Implementation Report
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