Clean Energy EU: European Commission sets energy targets for the next decade

12 Dec 2016

The European Commission has released the long-awaited Energy package, gathering legal proposals on energy policies.

Towards an Energy Union based on former 2030 targets and Paris Agreement

The package intends to create an Energy Union based on the principles enounced in February 2015.  It is grounded on the targets and commitment announced during the Energy Council in October 2014 ahead of the COP21 Paris Agreement.

The European Union had agreed on EU-wide 2030 targets and policy objectives, based on a 40% emissions reduction, 27% use of renewables and enhanced reliance on energy efficiency with at least 27% energy savings compared with the business-as-usual scenario.

Holistic approach of the Winter Package

The Clean Energy Package sets several legislative framework and proposed targets and measures on

  • Energy policy
  • Use of renewable resources
  • Energy efficiency measures and targets
  • Market design initiative

Energy performance of buildings in the spotlight

As part of the energy efficiency package, and based on a consultation opened early 2016, the European Commission has proposed a review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) of relevant articles of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

The proposal sets renovation targets, minimum performance requirements for existing and new buildings. It furthermore adds provisions on energy performance certificates on inspections.

The proposal is joined by a Staff Working Document showing best practices of improved energy performance in buildings.

Next steps

The legislative institutions, representing the citizens (the European Parliament) and the Member States (the Council of the European Union) shall discuss and agree on equal terms with the proposal.

Clean Energy Package highlights relevant to the energy performance of buildings

This news was originally posted by www.buildup.eu.

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