On 22 February, the European Commission published its inception impact assessment for the upcoming revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 2010/31/EU. To deliver on the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives, the decarbonisation of buildings sector is vital. The buildings’ energy related GHG emissions need to be reduced by 60% compared to 2015 levels to achieve the net 55% emission reduction target by 2030. A revision of the EPBD is necessary to deliver on the Renovation Wave, which aims at doubling (at least) the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030 and at fostering deep renovations. 

AREA’s reply to the EPBD review roadmap focused on the following aspects:

  • The crucial role of RACHP contractors
  • Contractors’ skills and knowledge
  • Growing demand for cooling
  • Improving indoor environmental quality