Housing renovation plan will be ‘flagship’ of European Green Deal

(EurActiv, 22 Nov 2019) A housing renovation programme, aimed at reducing energy consumption of buildings, will be “one of the flagships” of the upcoming European Green Deal that will be unveiled by the European Commission next month, an EU official has said.

“From our perspective it’s clear that if we want to go to a decarbonised economy by 2050, the heating sector will have to make a very important contribution,” said Robert Nuij, an official in the European Commission’s energy directorate.

“One of the flagships of the new Commission will be an action on building renovation,” Nuij told a EURACTIV event on Thursday (21 November).

Buildings – including household boilers and heaters – are responsible for 40% of the EU’s total energy consumption, making them one of the biggest contributors to global warming emissions in Europe.

But it is still unclear at this stage what measures will be included in the package, the official cautioned.

“What is clear is that the focus will have to be on increasing renovation rates of buildings and increasing the changeover of old heating technologies towards new decarbonised heating technologies,” Nuij said.

The building renovation programme was first announced last month by incoming EU Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans during his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament.

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EurActiv, 22 Nov 2019: Housing renovation plan will be ‘flagship’ of European Green Deal