Overhaul of building renovation needed to meet EU 2030 target

Europe needs to reach a minimum 3 per cent annual deep renovation rate to achieve a strengthened GHG reduction target and a boost for renewable heating and cooling, new Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) analysis shows.

“Reaching a more ambitious 2030 climate target requires a complete overhaul of current renovation practices,” said Oliver Rapf, executive director of BPIE. “Doubling the overall energy renovation rate is insufficient. Europe needs to reach at least a 3 per cent deep renovation rate, combined with a push for renewable heating and cooling of our buildings.”

According to the analysis, energy reduction measures should go hand in hand with renewable generation. By 2030, renewables should deliver 53 per cent of final energy share for heating and cooling.

Despite the magnitude of required change, BPIE stresses that the ongoing revision of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling rules, and the European Commission’s “Fit for 55” package expected next year, offer a pivotal opportunity to agree and implement ambitious policies that would rapidly accelerate decarbonisation of the building stock. Minimum energy performance standards, better financial incentives that reward a fuel switch towards cleaner and renewables-based technologies, and better alignment of legislation and requirements between efficiency and renewable energy measures in the building sector, are highlighted as key policies.

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