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EPBD - Energy Performance Directive  Review 2018 - EU Council and Parliament adopted

The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has been approved on 14th May 2018 by the Council of Ministers of the EU. The European Parliament had already approved the revised EPBD on 17 April with a very large support coming from the main political groups (546 votes in favour, 35 against and 96 abstentions). The EPBD Revision marks the first adoption of the 8 legislative acts which make up the Clean Energy for All Europeans package published by the European Commission on 30 November 2016.

Core elements of the EPBD Revision:

  • Pathway towards a low and zero-emission building stock in the EU by 2050 underpinned by national roadmaps to decarbonise buildings.
  • Use of information and communication technology (ICT) and smart technologies to ensure buildings operate efficiently for example by introducing automation and control systems.
  • First steps to roll out of the infrastructure for e-mobility in all buildings 
  • Introduces a "smart readiness indicator" to measure the buildings' capacity to use new technologies and electronic systems to adapt to the needs of the consumer, optimise its operation and interact with the grid.
  • Integrates and substantially strengthens long-term building renovation strategies.
  • Mobilises public and private financing and investment.
  • Helps to combat energy poverty and reducing the household energy bill by renovating older buildings.

The text of the new Directive will be published in the Official Journal of the Union in the coming weeks. The Directive will enter into force 20 days after publication, and Member States will then have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months.

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