BPIE contributes ideas to develop further the policy framework, in close collaboration with a number of partner organisations in the country
Germany matters in meeting the EU climate goals, both politically and economically. In Germany, the building sector accounts for 40% of final energy use and for about one third of the GHG-emissions. But while Germany is considered a frontrunner for some building policies and instruments, the national renovation rate is just at the level of the European average (around 1%/yr). Out of every three building upgrades undertaken in Germany, only one implements energy-saving measures.
2016 is a crucial year for the development of German policies for climate protection, energy efficiency and buildings performance as shown by the political agenda.
In this context, BPIE contributes ideas to develop further the policy framework, in close collaboration with a number of partner organisations in the country, with the aim of better understanding the barriers and drivers for policies linked to energy performance of buildings, especially in view of implementing the EPBD and the EED. Moreover, while best-practice sharing is key to any activity conducted within this country initiative, a specific Germany-centric project is now being implemented.
In order to demonstrate that building renovation is affordable in Germany if policy packages are implemented in a supportive way, BPIE, in collaboration with TU Wien and Fraunhofer ISI, developed Energy-Saving Cost Curves (ESCCs) for the national building stock. ESCCs provide a new and visually powerful tool to explore the cost effectiveness of renovating buildings, thereby informing the policy debate about the design of support instruments. The analysis is now available. An article on the subject was written for the January 2016 edition of Energieeffizienz in Gebäuden.
You might also find interesting this BPIE article (in DE) on the use of EPCs in increasing energy efficiency published in the January 2015 edition of Energieeffizienz in Gebäuden. The whole publication can be accessed here.
For more information please contact our Programme Manager in Germany, Sibyl Steuwer: sibyl.steuwer[at]bpie.eu