Committed to increasing the energy performance of buildings across Europe.
The EU is committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to become a low carbon society. This is expressed through a range of strategy documents and a political commitment by all Member States to the 2030 climate and energy package, including a 40% reduction of greenhouse gases, a renewable energy share of 27% and an energy efficiency increase by at least 27%. These targets will not be achieved without significant action in the building sector.
The EU’s intention to develop an Energy Union which increases energy security highlights the importance of the building sector to reduce energy consumption and foster the growth of renewable energy. Europe’s budget from 2014 to 2020 increased research and innovation spending to 38 billion€ for low carbon activities.
The achievement of these targets and strategies will have to be supported by relevant policies, either through the revision of existing ones such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive or by developing new initiatives.
BPIE is supporting all these processes through a variety of projects, both at EU and Member State levels, enabling policy-makers and stakeholders to agree on effective programmes. These projects include analysing progress on nearly-Zero Energy Buildings, monitoring the building stock, developing energy saving strategies for shopping malls and innovative retrofitting approaches, and more.