New BPIE report on synergies between national and local renovation plans

(eceee news, 14 Jan 2020) A new report from BPIE identifies synergies between between local Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) and Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) suggesting how local renovation initiatives can be incorporated in the national strategies.

The report called How to include building renovation in your Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan – ensuring ambitious local and national building renovation policy, was published as a report for the EU project H2020 project Build Upon.

As a part of the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package, Member States are required to prepare Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRSs) to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

Meanwhile regional and local authorities play a large role in leading and achieving EU climate initiatives, not only in drafting and implementing building policy, but often in implementing even more ambitious local targets.

Although decisions are coming from a high level, the renovation/construction work is carried out on the local level, having an impact on the local community.

On the municipal level, voluntary signatories of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) are required to create their own policy and framework to achieve climate goals, called Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs). The buildings sector is one of the main sectors covered under SECAPs.

The report intends to map possible synergies between local and national level policy objectives, (SECAPs and LTRS), and it provides suggestions on how local renovation initiatives can be duly taken into account in the drafting and implementation of LTRSs to create a strong renovation policy in the buildings sector.

View the report here