Connected: National building renovation strategies to curb energy consumption well on track

Connected: National building renovation strategies to curb energy consumption well on track

The JRC has carried out an analysis of the building renovation strategies submitted by the EU Member States in the frame of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The analysis resulted into a generally positive outlook. In total, 74% of the national strategies address the requirements of the Directive satisfactorily and 10 of them are considered exemplary.

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Cutting down the energy demand of buildings significantly is necessary in order to meet Europe’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.

The JRC has carried out an in-depth assessment, on behalf of the Commission's Directorate-General for Energy, of the national building renovation strategies required by the Energy Efficiency Directive, which aim to make buildings more energy efficient. The JRC assessed and evaluated the strategies' compliance with the Directive and checked if all the requirements were adequately addressed in each national strategy.

The report provides an overview of the EU's national building stocks (e.g. energy performance, etc.), highlighting the availability of data and data gaps. It also assesses the ambitiousness of the planned renovations as well as the appropriateness of the policies and measures to achieve them. The study also identifies best practice examples.

Overall, the results of the assessment of the national building renovation strategies were positive. The study found that 74% of the submitted strategies address the main elements of the Energy Efficiency Directive satisfactorily. Ten of the strategies (Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom) are considered exemplary. Only six strategies (Austria, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal and the Wallonia and Flanders regions of Belgium) were found to be 'not compliant', as at least two of the requirements were insufficiently covered. It is to be noted, however, that some of the weakest strategies come from Member States that are traditionally strong in terms of energy efficiency measures. This could mean that the problem is in the reporting, which has failed to depict correctly the status of national building renovation measures, rather than in the measures themselves.

The overall result of the analysis was very positive, taking into consideration that these were the first renovation strategy documents submitted by the Member States. The quality and the actual implementation of the strategies are expected to improve further in the future, also due to the JRC analysis, which provides a benchmark for all Member States. The strategies will be revised by Member States in 2017, and every 3 years thereafter.


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