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On Tuesday 6th of June, 15 industry associations amongst which the AIE, addressed an open letter to members of the European Parliament and officials in the EU Member States in which they support the recently proposed recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) by the European Commission but equally strongly advocate that an ambitious EU Energy policy will be beneficial to EU Member States and could be a growth and jobs drivers if it is done the right way.

The Coalition of industry associations therefore urge EU Members States and the European Parliament to support an ambitious revision of the EPBD and to strengthen key elements of the Commission’s proposal. They call the EU institutions to address the following points:

1) Accelerate the energy renovation of the existing building stock, considering the different building types (residential, non-residential and public buildings) by promoting tailor-made and technology-neutral incentive schemes (e.g. financing, deployment of smart technologies, national milestones for renovation strategies).

2) Foster the deployment of Building Automation and Control (BAC) systems, in non-residential and larger residential buildings, in order to ensure proper maintenance and improve efficiency.

3) Promote the new smartness indicator of buildings to support consumer empowerment and the development of buildings as part of the energy system.

4) Go beyond energy savings provisions and adopt a holistic view, by enabling a proper framework for the deployment of infrastructures (i.e. on-site renewable generation, smart metering, demand-side flexibility and electro-mobility) that will facilitate the buildings’ integration into a wider energy ‘eco-system’ (e.g. smart grid & micro-grid, sector connection between electricity and thermal energy).

The letter is available on AIE’s website.

 
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