EU Commission Proposal EPBD revision 2021

15 December 2021

On the 15th of December the European Commission unveiled the new proposal for the revision of EPBD. This recast is necessary if we want to reach EU’s increased climate ambition, as only 10% of EU buildings are part of the energy performance certificate class A and B and almost 75% dwellings have class D and E.


The potential of solar shading is still largely untapped in the EPBD although it has many benefits!

Solar shading is effectively mitigating GHG emissions while adapting the building stock to already occurring climate change’s effects such as overheating.

A recent Guidehouse study in comparing AC to Solar Shading as solutions to reduce overheating in buildings shows that automated solar shading can significantly reduce the energy use of buildings, up to 60 % by 2050. Solar shading can also drastically mitigate GHG emissions, up to 100Mt accumulated savings can be achieved between now and 2050, while at the same time adapting the European building stock to climate change effects. Finally, a shift from AC to more solar shading would come at a lower total cost whereby a massive 14,6 billion €/year could be saved in investment and energy consumption for space cooling by 2050. Read here the Guidehouse document. 


ES-SO POSITION ON EPBD REVISION:  Solar shading must be integrated as a Technical Building System (TBS) in article 2, point 3 of the EPBD. Without solar shading integration in the new EPBD revision, we would miss a huge opportunity to increase energy efficiency in buildings and to reduce GHG emissions.

Make sure to read our POSITION PAPER published after the release of the last Guidehouse study: Automated solar shading, a key solution to reach 2050’s decarbonisation goals for the European building stock, DOWNLOAD :  ENGLISH, SPANISH FRENCHDUTCH , ITALIAN 

ESSO position paper Dec 21

Guidehouse Study on results on adaption of buildings to climate change and overheating

25 October 2021

New research confirms that automated solar shading is a key solution to reach 2050’s decarbonisation goals for the European building stock.

Climate change, causing higher temperatures, longer and more intense heatwaves, will significantly increase energy demand and associated GHG emissions for space cooling in buildings for the next decades. The International Energy Agency 2018 report “The Future of Cooling” warned policymakers of air-conditioners (ACs) as the fastest growing energy users in buildings in Europe and worldwide. The IEA is very clear about it, AC is becoming one of the top drivers of global electricity demand. The need for more sustainable, passive and low-energy cooling solutions is eminent.

A recent Guidehouse study compared solar shading solutions with AC  to reduce overheating in buildings in a changing climate towards 2050 and showed that automated solar shading can significantly reduce the energy use of buildings, can drastically mitigate GHG emissions at lower cost and at the same time adapting the European building stock to climate change effects. 

The Guidehouse Policy Brief, "Solar shading – Synergising mitigation of GHG emissions and adaptation to climate change" , Guidehouse Germany GmbH, 5 November 2021, read here 

Climate Change: IPCC Report 2021 is code red for humanity

09 August 2021

Almost every nation on Earth signed up to the goals of the Paris climate agreement in 2015. This pact aims to keep the rise in global temperatures well below 2C this century and to pursue efforts to keep it under 1.5C.

The new IPCC report says that under all the emissions scenarios considered by the scientists, both temperature rise targets will be broken this century unless huge cuts in carbon take place.

IPCC report key points:

° Global surface temperature was 1.09C higher in the decade between 2011-2020 than between 1850-1900.
° The past five years have been the hottest on record since 1850
° The recent rate of sea level rise has nearly tripled compared with 1901-1971
° Human influence is "very likely" (90%) the main driver of the global retreat of glaciers since the 1990s and the decrease in Arctic sea-ice
° It is "virtually certain" that hot extremes including heatwaves have become more frequent and more intense since the 1950s, while cold events have become less frequent and less severe

Read the Summary IPCC Report for Policy Makers 


image temperature rise IPCC 2021

ES-SO Position on the new EU Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation

30 June 2021

Mid June 2021 the EU Commission exchanged with ENVI Committee members views on the new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change.

This strategy aims to forge a climate-resilient Union by adapting the EU to current and future impacts of the climate change on Europeans’ life.

ES-SO welcomes this adaptation strategy which is necessary in view of the emergency of the situation. Extreme events related to climate change are more frequent, intense and persistent. Millions of humans suffer from overheating which makes adaptation of buildings a key factor for public health. This comprehensive strategy of adaptation must be applied to all sectors, including the building one.

Read more on ES-SO's position 


Other Position Papers :

ES-SO Statement on the Renovation Wave, read more 


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