EU renovation wave needs ‘major changes’ to be successful

(EurActiv, 2 Jun 2021) “Major changes” are needed to ensure the decarbonisation of buildings in the EU if the bloc is to make a success of its energy transition and comply with the Paris Agreement, the European Academies’ Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC) said in a report published on Wednesday (2 June). EURACTIV France reports.

In its report, the EASAC warned that it is no longer enough to build more eco-friendly buildings, but that existing structures must also be renovated. According to the European Commission, buildings are responsible for 36% of the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions.

However, of the highly polluting buildings already constructed across the bloc, only between 1% and 1.5% are being renovated each year.

“To meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, this rate would have to be two or even three times higher,” said William Gillett, director of EASAC’s energy programme.

In October of last year, the European Commission published its road map for a “Renovation Wave for Europe”, which aims for the renovation of 35 million buildings by 2030. The renovation wave is part of the EU’s Green Deal, which has set the target of making the bloc climate-neutral by 2050.

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