EU ambassadors have ratified the political agreement reached between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament in December 2017, to revise the directive on the energy performance of buildings.
The directive aims to encourage building renovation that increases energy efficiency, while de-carbonising existing infrastructure.
De-carbonising inefficient buildings is a long term goal of the EU. The objective is to introduce a smartness indicator for buildings, simplifying heating and air conditioner inspections. A further goal is to promote electro-mobility by creating parking spaces for electric vehicles.
Buildings currently account for 40% of the total energy consumption in Europe.
By introducing these improvements the EU will take a major step towards its 2020 and 2030 energy efficiency targets.
The EU has set itself a 20% energy savings target by 2020 and 30% energy efficiency target for 2030.
Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria, said: "Today we reached a major milestone for improving the energy efficiency of our citizens' homes. The Bulgarian Presidency is pleased to arrive at this result on the directive on the energy performance of buildings, which is one of the priority items on the agenda of the Council.
“The 'energy efficiency comes first' principle is a key element of the Energy Union. Boosting the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the most effective ways of improving EU citizens’ quality of life, contributing to the achievement of a low-carbon economy, impacting economic growth, job creation and investments."
The review of the energy performance of buildings directive amends Directive 2010/31/EU and it complements measures under the energy efficiency directive as well as EU legislation on energy efficiency of products. It is part of the Clean Energy package presented by the Commission on 30 November 2016.
The Council agreed on a negotiating position on the revised energy performance of buildings directive in June 2017. Negotiations with the European Parliament followed. Today's decision confirms the provisional agreement reached on 19 December 2017 between the Estonian Presidency and European Parliament representatives.
Once the Council and the Parliament have formally approved the regulation, the directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and can be enforced 20 days later.
The transposition period for this legislation is 20 months.
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