‘Not even close to being on track’: BPIE recommendations for EPBD revision

(eceee news, 8 Jul 2022) A newly released briefing by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) shows that the buildings sector is not even close to being on track to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. It stresses the urgency to make buildings a high-level political priority and to decarbonise the building stock.

The EU Building Climate Tracker shows the progress of the EU building stock towards full decarbonisation by 2050 on a 0-100 scale. It serves as a relevant benchmark and assessment tool for climate neutrality progress, starting from the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and keeps close track of the evolution of the building stock in the EU. The index monitors progress yearly and will be updated regularly.

According to the BPIE, the results shows that building decarbonisation is off track and much behind the path to climate neutrality by 2050. While the index should have been at 14 points in 2019, it is barely above 0. It is at almost the same level in 2019 as in 2015.  The Tracker also indicates that building decarbonisation is far from progressing at the speed needed.

The briefing also outlines a few recommendations to be considered for the EPBD revision: 

  • Deep renovation should be the default approach to EPBD measures and be prioritised and integrated into the design of financing programs
  • Minimum Energy Performance Standards should be applied to the whole building stock, in order to bring buildings up to a higher level of energy performance than in the Commission proposal
  • ZEB standards for all new buildings should be applicable as of 2025, with no fossil fuel heating allowed
  • Subsidies to fossil fuel heating systems should be stopped as soon as possible and funding streams should be re-directed towards the installation of renewable based equipment
  • Fossil fuel systems in existing buildings should be phased out by 2035 at the latest
  • Solar rooftop obligations stemming from the REPowerEU plan should be combined with attic and roof insulation
  • Industrial type renovation projects, as well as advisory services such as one-stop-shops and Renovation Passports to achieve deep renovations, should be boosted by using available money from the Recovery & Resilience Facility, cohesion funding, and ETS revenues

View the briefing here