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MEPs unite behind more energy efficient buildings law

11 October 2017
by eub2 -- last modified 11 October 2017

MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning.


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MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning. The Energy Committee (ITRE) voted in favour of tighter rules on national plans for decarbonisation of buildings by 2050. It supported using 'trigger points' in the life of a building to speed up renovations. ITRE was voting on a Report by Bendt Bendtsen MEP.

"Pumping costly energy into inefficient buildings is like pouring water into a sieve. Happily, we've seen today that the European Parliament's ITRE committee wants to patch up the holes. It wants to beef up national renovation strategies by adding a clear long-term goal for 2050, and encouraging the renovation of the worst performing buildings," commented Arianna Vitali, Senior Policy Officer for Energy Conservation at WWF European Policy Office.

"This vote is a wake-up call to Member States. Their backward-looking position will appear a long way away from the Parliament's if today's vote is signed-off in plenary later this month. The Parliament's Rapporteur Bendt Bendtsen will need to be strong in the trialogue negotiations in order to make our homes and offices more efficient, healthy and climate-compatible," Vitali added.

WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. The European Policy Office helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment.

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