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Buildings and secure, decarbonized energy system

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 16.04.2018, 15:26 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] The EU is committed to developing a sustainable, competitive, secure and decarbonized energy system. The Energy Union and the Energy and Climate Policy Framework for 2030 set up ambitious Union duties in order to decrease greenhouse gas emissions further by at least 40 % by 2030 as compared with 1990, to increase the amount of renewable energy utilized, to make energy savings

in accordance with Union level ambitions, and to improve Europe’s energy security, competitiveness and sustainability. To reach those objectives, the 2016 review of the Union's energy efficiency legislative acts unites a adjustment of the Union's energy efficiency target for 2030 as requested by the European Council’s conclusions of 2014, a review of the core provisions of the Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, and a reinforcement of the financing framework, including the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which will ultimately improve the financial

conditions of energy efficiency investments on the market. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change following the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) boosts the Union's efforts to decarbonize its building stock. Taking into account that almost 50 % of Union's final energy consumption is employed for heating and cooling, of which 80 % is used in buildings, the achievement of the Union’s energy and climate goals is linked to the Union’s efforts to renovate its building stock by giving priority to energy efficiency, making use of the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle as well as considering deployment of renewables.

Member States should be able to use their long-term renovation strategies to address fire safety and risks related to intense seismic activity which affect energy efficiency renovations and the lifetime of buildings. The Union is committed to developing a sustainable, competitive, secure and decarbonized energy system by 2050. To achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonized building stock and to ensure that the long-term renovation strategies deliver the necessary progress towards the transformation of existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings, in particular by an increase in deep renovations, Member States should provide clear guidelines and outline measurable, targeted actions as well as promote equal access to

financing, including for the worst performing segments of the national building stock, for energy-poor consumers, for social housing and for households subject to split-incentive dilemmas, while taking into consideration affordability. To further support the necessary improvements in their national rental stock, Member States should consider introducing or continuing to apply requirements for a certain level of energy performance for rental properties, in accordance with the energy performance certificates.

To meet that goal, Member States and investors need measures that aim to reach the long-term greenhouse gas emission goal and that decarbonize the building stock, which is responsible for approximately 36 % of all CO2 emissions in the Union, by 2050. Member States should seek a cost-efficient equilibrium between decarbonizing energy supplies and reducing final energy consumption. To that end, Member States and investors need a clear vision to guide their policies and investment decisions, which includes indicative national milestones and actions for energy efficiency to achieve the short-term (2030), mid-term (2040) and long-term (2050) objectives.

With those objectives in mind and considering the Union’s overall energy efficiency ambitions, it is vital that Member States identify the expected output of their long-term renovation strategies and monitor developments by setting domestic progress indicators, subject According to the Commission’s impact assessment, renovation would be needed at an average rate of 3 % annually to accomplish the Union’s energy efficiency ambitions in a cost-effective manner. Considering that every 1 % increase in energy savings reduces gas imports by 2,6 %, clear ambitions for renovation of the existing building stock are of great significance.

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