Energy efficiency: EBC reaches out to European Parliament ITRE committee for an improved EPBD recast

With the revision process of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) already under way since 2021, EBC has been supporting a fair and realistic revision of the EPBD that takes SMEs on board.

EBC reached out to the members of the ITRE Committee, with detailed and concrete proposals on how to obtain a better-functioning, more efficient Directive that will succeed in delivering on the strategic ambition of the European Green Deal and the Renovation Wave. The said proposals aim at strengthening the role of one-stop-shops, making sure that we have enough skilled workers to deliver on the energy ambitions, ensuring that Member States collect the necessary data to identify skills gaps including through the National Building Renovation Plans, guaranteeing a coherent framework for Energy Performance Certificates, strengthening the provisions on maintenance and inspection of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and obtaining clear definitions for the novel terms of “zero-emissions building” and “deep renovation”, among others.

EBC’s amendment proposals are shared with ITRE MEPs, who are expected to provide their proposals for amendments to the Rapporteur MEP Ciarán Cuffe (Greens/Ireland) by the 5th of July. The lead ITRE Committee is expected to vote on its report at the end of October, taking into account the opinions of the ENVI, TRAN and JURI committees.

EBC will continue to work with key MEPs and advocate for a an ambitious EPBD reform that works and delivers on the priorities of the EU, while matching the reality of the construction sector.

To read the full EBC feedback on the EC proposal for the revision of the EPBD, click here