Why the renovation wave matters more than the EU knows

(EurActiv, 5 Jul 2021) The unprecedented push for renovation across Europe needs to be in line with its climate ambition and work in synergy with the rest of the EU’s climate legislation in order to fulfil its potential, writes Adeline Rochet and Pedro Guertler.

Adeline Rochet is a senior policy advisor for the think tank E3G, in the Place-Based Transitions team. Pedro Guertler is a programme leader at E3G.

Last month, European energy ministers swiftly agreed conclusions emphasising the potential of a ‘Renovation Wave’ to repair the economy and contribute to Europe’s green transition. This month, the Commission publishes its package of proposals for achieving a 55% reduction in the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The renovation of Europe’s buildings can be the engine for achieving climate neutrality in every sector, in a way that works for people. To make this happen, negotiations on the package will need a relentless focus on how legislation translates into practical delivery.

The Commission, even before COVID-19 brutally swept the world, had identified massive renovation plans for buildings as central to delivering the European Green Deal and had announced the ‘Renovation Wave’ as a flagship initiative for its mandate to succeed on core European priorities: not only climate-neutrality, but green and local jobs creation, and healthier, affordable to run homes and workplaces in every part of Europe. Renovation is where the need for ever deeper decarbonisation connects directly with recovery and the everyday of people’s lives and livelihoods.

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EurActiv, 5 Jul 2021: Why the renovation wave matters more than the EU knows