20 December 2017
On 19 December 2017, the European Parliament and Council reached agreement on a revised Directive for Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD), with headlines being the aim to secure 80-95% less emissions from buildings by 2050, for new buildings to be fitted with loading stations for electric cars and support for the renovation of existing buildings.
This Directive forms a key part of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package presented in November 2016 and is the first to reach provisional agreement.
Commenting on the agreement, the Rapporteur, Bendt Bendtsen (EPP, DK), said: “We take an important step to ensure that our buildings contribute to a decarbonised and energy efficient economy – to the benefit of both the climate and the wallets of European citizens and businesses. We have agreed using the Directive as a driver for rolling out infrastructure for electrical cars, and made sure to safeguard the incentives to renovate, keeping the cost of electro-mobility at a reasonable level and limiting the burdens on our smaller households and SMEs.””
The provisional agreement now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council before entering into force.