Abolition of energy-saving certificates worries French building sector

(EurActiv, 15 Mar 2021) The €2 billion of financial aid to boost energy renovation in France’s COVID recovery plan may not be enough to compensate for the abolition of so-called “energy saving certificates” – or CEEs – EURACTIV France reports.

France’s energy renovation market has recovered. By the end of 2020, it reached the levels attained in the fourth quarter of 2019, just before the COVID-19 crisis started to bite.

But despite this, there are concerns that the abolition of the energy saving certificates in July 2021 will leave the French “Ma Prime Rénov’” scheme without enough support, slowing down the rate of renovation across the country.

“In the fourth quarter of 2020, we saw that a dynamic had been set in motion thanks to Ma Prime Rénov’,” the French Building Federation (FFB) told EURACTIV in reference to the tax credit for energy-efficient renovations launched in 2020.

“But the abolition of the CEE incentives in July 2021 will once again disrupt the game. We will feel it during the year, in the second quarter and beyond,” the federation said.

Building renovation is a key aspect of Europe’s green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the European Commission, which launched a renovation wave across the EU in October, renovation is a win-win-win for the economy, the climate and homeowners who can reduce their energy bills.

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EurActiv, 15 Mar 2021: Abolition of energy-saving certificates worries French building sector