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4 february 2020

A European Green Deal: toward an integrated approach to energy-efficient building renovation

To successfully transition to a zero-carbon economy by 2050, the European Commission presented its European Green Deal. On this occasion, 12 major European associations in the clean energy sector called for a bold strategy to renovate the European Union’s building stock.

Within the framework of the Green Deal *, the outline of which was unveiled on December 11 by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, twelve major associations from the clean energy sector** pooled their recommendations and appealed for an integrated approach to the energy-efficient renovation of the EU’s building stock. The latter represents 36% of CO2emissions and almost half of the total energy demand across Europe.


To reach this goal, the coalition believes that the Green Deal must take the form of a series of concrete actions and adopt an array of versatile tools***:

- Simplified and streamlined financing mechanisms accessible to all Europeans.

- A strategy to ensure a qualified and skilled workforce in all specialist building trades.

- Renovation strategies tailored to the diversity and heterogeneity of the European built environment. 

- An implementation platform for building renovations, steered by decision-makers on a local, national and European level, as well as representatives from the energy, construction, and financing sectors.


According to the signatories of the statement, the solutions to successfully bring about this transition already exist but must be rolled out more widely across Europe: high-performance building envelopes****, energy-efficient products and services, energy storage facilities, and digital energy management systems1


*A concrete action plan that should allow the European Union to meet the challenge of global warming via a “new growth strategy” focused on carbon emission reductions, the circular economy, greener transport and agriculture, green investment, and energy transition funding. 

**The Coalition for Energy Savings, Energy Cities, The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE), The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), The European Association for Electrical Contractors (EuropeOn), The European Builders Confederation (EBC), The European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac), The European Climate Foundation (ECF), The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), smartEn, SolarPower Europe and E3G

***The European Commission will mobilize between €180 and 300 billion per year to fund the energy transition and “Climate” goals (investment from public money, loans and private money) as part of the next European Green Deal, i.e. some €1,000 billion over the coming decade. The share of this financial commitment allocated to energy-efficient building renovation in the European Union has not been specified to date. Source Novethic

****All the faces of a building separating the interior space from the external environment. This envelope is made up of the walls, doors, roof, and floor slabs on the ground or unheated areas.

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