Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/D
Buildings account for 40 % of total energy consumption in the European Union. Therefore, reduction of energy consumption and the use of energy from renewable sources in the buildings sector constitute important measures needed to reduce the Union’s energy dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Directive is the recast of 2002 Directive. IIt calls for increased national regulation for energy efficiency in new and renovated houses.
Please follow this link to read the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe
With this roadmap, the EU aims at transforming Europe economy into a greener economy. The Roadmap acknowledges that housing and mobility are key areas when it comes to make significant changes by 2020.
Energy efficiency in buildings and improved use of resource and energy can significantly contribute to reach 2020 targets.
-Recycle the construction and demolition waste
-Life cycle approach receives more and more attention
-Use of sustainable materials
-Water efficiency of buildings
-Improved indoor air quality
Please follow this link to read the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe.
Proposal for a Directive on Energy Efficiency and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32/EC
The aim of the proposal is to ensure that the European Union will achieve 20% energy saving targets by 2020. The proposal intends to help to transform some aspects of the Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) into binding measures and put measures covering the full energy chain, building and appliances, industry and transport.
The proposal identifies existing building as the biggest potential sector for energy savings. Furthermore, buildings are essential to achieving the EU objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990. Therefore, the proposal takes into account the potential of building sector and focusing mainly on measures that lay down requirements on the public sector.
The European Parliament has prepared a draft proposal. For the moment, the draft legislation is under Trialogue negotiations (European Commission- European Parliament - Council of the European Union) in order to find a common position and adopt the proposal during the Danish PResidency of the Council of the EU.
Please follow this link to read the proposal for a Directive on Energy Efficiency.
Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050
The roadmap establishes the basis of the future EU policy initiatives in order to achieve the low carbon economy by 2050. The aim of the roadmap is to reduce greenhouse emissions and set out a plan to meet the long-term target of reducing domestic emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050 and up to 90% reduction of GHC emissions in building sector.
Please follow this link to read the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050.
Proposal for a Regulation on "Guideline for trans-European energy infrastructure"
The proposal aims at ensuring that strategic energy networks and storage facilities are completed by 2020. To this end, the Commission has identified 12 priority corridors and areas covering electricity, gas, oil and carbon dioxide transport networks.
The European Commission identifies digital infrastructures as key enablers for the smart growth of Europe.The measures aims at improving the competitiveness of the European economy including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), promote the interconnection and interoperability of national networks as well as access to such networks and support the development of a Digital Single Market.
The paper proposes financing and regulatory instruments to improve the overall context for delivering the necessary infrastructure on time.
Proposal for Regulation on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network
The overall aim of this initiative is to establish by 2030 a complete and integrated TEN-T that would maximise the value added for Europe of the network. In 2009, the European Commission launched the review of the TEN-T policy by issuing a Green Paper on the Future development of the trans-European transport network. In 2010, the European Union adopted Decision on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (No 661/2010/EU).
The current proposal for a Regulation has the concept of dual layer approach with a “comprehensive network” as a basic layer and a “core network” constituting the backbone of the network. It lists as a priority to build a safe and secure; climate change proven and disaster resilience infrastructure.
It identifies four causes leading to current fragmentation of the infrastructure:
·the insufficient EU-level planning of network configuration;
·the insufficient implementation of common standards and adoption of common rules for the interoperability of networks within the TEN-T;
·the limited cooperation among Member States in project implementation
lack of sufficient conditionality of TEN-T funding instruments.
Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector
The long –awaited communication was issued on 1st July 2014 (originally awaited as "Sustainable Buildings". While now the title made clear that the paper concentrates only on the enviornmental axe of sustainablility, there is still some confusion if it addresses only resource efficiency or environmental performance as well (while the title mention resource efficiency, the content refers to environmental performance).
The communication promotes life-cycle thinking and the overall objective is to increase the uptake of recycled material in construction. Deconstruction, reuse and increasing recycled content in construction products are the means to reduce the amount of virgin materials used.
It acknowledges that low operational and maintenance cost has direct economic benefits.
The communication aims at establishing a common framework of core indicators when assessing the environmental performance of buildings. This process will take around 2 years according to the European Commission and will take into consideration EN 15978 (Joint Research Center will be in charge of developing the framework).
You can find here the Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector.
Circular economy package
The proposed concept of circular economy goes beyond end of life (i.e. recycling) solutions and aims to encourage innovation in this field. The aim of the policy package is to achieve a greener and more resource efficient economy. The European Commission proposes the following tools/actions to reach the policy goals:
- sustainable sourcing standards,
- industry-led voluntary schemes,
- the development of markets for by-products and product passport
Specific targets of the policy package are:
The Waste Framework Directives COM(2014) 397 final - currently under revision- is integrated part of the circular economy package.
Please find here the Circulare economy policy package.