BELGIUM: EPEE has warned that delays on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) are jeopardising Europe’s climate goals.
“Buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of the energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the EU,” said EPEE director general Russell Patten. “The EPBD could be one of our most effective tools to achieve building decarbonisation and Europe’s climate goals, but it has been delayed at every turn.”
Trilogues are now underway for the EPBD, which aims to help achieve the building and renovation goals set out in the European Green Deal. “We are concerned that the dossier, which is critical for decarbonisation of buildings, is not getting sufficient attention,” said Patten.
“These delays are jeopardising Europe’s climate goals,” said Patten. “This Directive delivers on the EU climate target, and it supports REPowerEU and the Renovation Wave, as well as Europe’s Net Zero Industry Act by supporting the rollout of heat pumps,” said Patten. “However, without swift action and adoption of the EPBD, these proposals are doomed for failure.”
EPEE represents manufacturing and research companies and associations operating in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe.