13 Mar, 2024

Parliament backs pioneering law for zero-emission buildings

On 12 March, Renew Europe welcomed the European Parliament’s approval of the trilogue deal on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, a key driver of the Fit for 55 package. 

The new legislation will bring EU building stock to climate neutrality by 2050 to accelerate the climate and energy transition.  

Preventing energy waste from our buildings represents the most straightforward opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce European dependence on Russian gas imports and lower costs for households and businesses. 

Renew Europe played a pivotal role in the negotiations, delivering a balance between sustainability and competitiveness, placing a new "renovation era" as the core strategy towards more sustainable buildings that will bring down energy bills and bolster the EU’s circular economy. 

"Following lengthy and challenging negotiations, we have now delivered the right tools to the Member States to fully implement this important Directive with the goal to fully decarbonise our buildings by 2050,” said shadow rapporteur Morten Helveg Petersen MEP (Radikale Venstre, DK). 

“At the same time, EU gas imports from Russia remains a huge economic contribution to Putin’s war chest, we have yet to eliminate. It’s time to walk the talk and stop that sponsorship”. 

The directive sets clear targets and timelines for buildings renovation, with the European Commission assessing whether further EU binding measures are needed to achieve the values for 2030 and 2035.  

Finally, the legislation facilitates the deployment of solar energy installations, tackling administrative burdens and the implementation of building automation systems. 

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