Connected: Buildings in the Clean Energy Package – a BPIE guide

Connected: Buildings in the Clean Energy Package – a BPIE guide

The European Commission has released important pieces of the European energy legislation, gathered in the previously- called Winter Package, now renamed to Clean Energy for All Europeans and it's placing consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy strategy.

Moreover, two major online data portals were launched at the same time:

  • The EU Building Stock Observatory, managed by BPIE, is a comprehensive database of the building stock characteristics in EU28, monitoring the implementation of relevant EU Directives in Member States by presenting 250 indicators; and
  • The EEFIG De-risking Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP), an open source database of 7,800 energy efficiency investment projects (including 5,094 buildings’ projects), disclosing market data to increase transparency, facilitate performance monitoring and benchmarking, and highlight the economic rationale for more energy efficiency investments in Europe.

The package will shape the European Union’s climate and energy legislation beyond 2020.- please find below the summaries and direct links to each piece.

Proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, including:

  • The requirement for Member States to establish long-term national renovation strategies with clear milestones for 2030 (previously under the Energy Efficiency Directive)
  • The introduction of a smartness indicator rating the readiness of a building to adapt to the needs of the occupant and the grid and to improve its performance
  • Requirements for electro-mobility infrastructure
  • Requirements for building automation and energy monitoring systems as an alternative to inspections
  • Staff Working Document showing best practices of improved energy performance in buildings

Proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive, including:

  • A binding 30% energy efficiency target for 2030
  • The extension of annual energy savings obligations for Member States beyond 2020
  • Access for consumers to consumption information
  • Criteria to be used to establish which energy savings can be counted by Member States for Article 7

A communication on accelerating clean energy in buildings, including:

  • Smart financing for smart buildings which sets out the European Commission’s intentions to:
    • Ensure more efficient use of public funding, through developing financing models, platforms and templates
    • Support aggregation and provide assistance for project development
    • Improve understanding of the risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments, through launching the EEFIG DEEP platform (see "Focus on" below)
  • Addressing skills in the construction sector

The Eco-design working plan 2016-2019

  • Setting out the European Commission’s priorities, including reviews of existing measures and studies for new measures for other products (including Building Automation and Control Systems

Proposals for a Governance of the Energy Union Regulation, including:

  • Requirements for Member States' Integrated National Energy and Climate plans for 2021 to 2030, including planning and reporting on measures under the EED and EPBD (including national renovation strategies)

Proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive, including:

  • The renewable energy target for 2030
  • Obligations for renewable energy use in heating and cooling

Communication on accelerating clean energy innovation, which highlights the need for:

  • More energy storage solutions
  • Faster adoption of existing energy efficiency technologies in building
  • Smart buildings and the empowerment of consumers

We also invite you to follow the discussion on Twitter with the following hashtags: #CleanEnergyEU, #EEFIG, #WinterPackage, #Tw4SE and discuss on the EmBuild LinkedIn group.

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