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Reality and challenges of the decarbonisation of the building stock

Housing Europe's view on the revision of the EPBD

online, 24 June 2021 | Published in Energy, Future of the EU & Housing

Housing Europe has contributed to the latest public consultation on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). After the revision of the Directive in 2018, social, cooperative and public housing providers as well the whole supply chain for new construction and renovation more than ever need regulatory stability and an enabling framework in order to strengthen their investments in energy efficient and affordable homes.

The decarbonisation of the building stock is well under way and is a long-term process which needs to build on local strategies and residents involvement. There is no unique policy mix that can lead to decrease of CO2 emissions per m² in the building sector[1]. Legislation should only provide an enabling framework. The revision of the EPBD should be carefully framed in order to avoid negative consequences on affordability. That is what social, cooperative and public housing providers are committed to with the 4 million homes by 2030 ambition.

In this detailed position paper on the main elements of the revision of the EPBD (see in the download area below), Housing Europe highlights the importance of promoting integrated solutions to decarbonisation that will look at the different dimensions of energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions, combatting energy poverty and the involvement of residents.

Wim Hazeu, Chair of Housing Europe Energy and Construction Working Committee said:

“For more than 100 years, social housing companies have provided affordable and quality homes for people in need. They have delivered both social cohesion and environmental gains. This requires though a delicate approach, where the financial support from the public authorities and strong relationships with residents are key. We have the ambition to pursue our essential mission, and we need the EU legislation to be supportive rather than an obstacle. We will continue to work with the European Commission and the European Parliament to make sure that the revision of the EPBD will lead to the right outcome and benefit households relying on small to middle incomes.”