EU energy ministers support doubling renovation rates by 2030

(EurActiv, 17 Jun 2021) Europe’s 27 energy ministers on Friday (11 June) backed calls to double Europe’s building renovation rates by 2030 in order to repair their crisis-hit economies, tackle energy poverty and “create green buildings for the future”.

A significant effort is needed to renovate Europe’s building stock and this must be done in line with the energy efficiency first principle, the ministers said in a statement adopted on Friday (11 June) at the conclusion of the EU’s Energy Council.

The European Commission tabled a renovation wave strategy in October 2020 as part of the European Green Deal, with the aim of reaching a climate neutral building sector by 2050.

Greening Europe’s buildings is key to reaching net zero emissions by mid-century as they are responsible for 40% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.

At their meeting on Friday, EU ministers emphasised “the need to at least double energy-related renovation rates by 2030 and to promote deep energy renovations” to improve energy performance and create cost savings, as well as replace carbon-intensive heaters with renewable energy.

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