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Implementation - EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The Challenge

The future global economy is likely to consume ever more energy, especially with the rising energy demand of developing countries such as China and India. At the same time, the tremendous risk of cl ...

The future global economy is likely to consume ever more energy, especially with the rising energy demand of developing countries such as China and India. At the same time, the tremendous risk of climate change associated with the use of fossil fuels makes supplying this energy increasingly difficult.

Reducing energy consumption and eliminating wastage are among the main goals of the European Union (EU). EU support for improving energy efficiency will prove decisive for competitiveness, security of supply and for meeting the commitments on climate change made under the Kyoto protocol. There is significant potential for reducing consumption with cost-effective measures. With 40% of our energy consumed in buildings, the EU has introduced legislation to ensure that they consume less energy.

A key part of this legislation is the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2002/91/EC, EPBD), first published in 2002, which required all EU countries to enhance their building regulations and to introduce energy certification schemes for buildings. All countries were also required to have inspections of boilers and air-conditioners.

The introduction of national laws meeting EU requirements was very challenging, as the legislation had many advanced aspects. It was a great opportunity to mobilize energy efficiency in EU buildings, but also a formidable and continuing challenge for many EU countries to transpose and implement the Directive.

EU Energy Performance of Buildings DirectiveTo support EU countries in this task, the Concerted Action (CA) EPBD was launched in 2005 by the European Commission to promote dialogue and exchange of best practice between them. It involves those representatives of national ministries or their affiliated institutions charged with preparing the technical, legal and administrative framework for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC) in each country. The key aim is to enhance the sharing of information and experiences from national adoption and implementation of this important European legislation. The original Concerted Action EPBD came to a close in June 2007, but, with an implementation deadline of 2009 for Certification and Inspections, a second phase running until 2010 was launched immediately after the end of the first CA. The current Concerted Action aims at transposition and implementation of the EPBD recast, Directive 2010/31/EU, and it runs from 2011 until 2015.

The Concerted Action is organized around meetings between national teams, regularly bringing together over 120 participants from 29 countries. It is accompanied by other measures to enhance communication, including a web platform and national update reports.

The multifaceted format of the forum, with specialist workshops combined with high level discussions, allied to networking opportunities and web resources, centered on sharing -and inspiring-smart solutions for the professional tools, skills and systems in all fields addressed by the legislation. These solutions were then applied across the majority of EU countries.

The countries then shared real operating experience and the Concerted Action provided ever increasing practical value and deeper learning to all participating authorities, playing its role in ensuring the success of this Directive as a vital instrument of EU energy efficiency policy in the built environment.

The recast EPBD in 2010 states that "It is necessary to lay down more concrete actions with a view to achieving the great unrealized potential for energy savings in buildings and reducing the large differences between Member States' results in this sector." With its adoption EU Member States face new tough challenges. Foremost among them, moving towards new and retrofitted nearly-zero energy buildings by 2020 (2018 in the case of Public buildings), and the application of a cost-optimal methodology for setting minimum requirements for both the envelope and the technical systems, the current Concerted Action (CA) thus aims at transposition and implementation of the EPBD recast, and it runs from 2011 until 2015. The first part (until 2012) focuses on transposition of the recast EPBD, the second part of the Concerted Action shall focus on implementation and lessons learned.

The CA is funded under Intelligent Energy Europe under the European Union’s Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.

During Summer 2011, the CA conducted a study on experiences and challenges for setting cost optimal levels for energy performance requirements. The results were used as input by the EU Commission in their work of establishing the Regulation on a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements.

 

Executive summary: http://www.epbd-ca.org/Medias/Pdf/Cost_optimal_summary_document_final.pdf
Source: http://www.epbd-ca.eu/
© Concerted Action EPBD

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