Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for EU countries publishes its first executive summary Report

Reducing energy consumption and eliminating wastage are among the main goals of the European Union (EU). EU support for improving energy efficiency will prove decisive for competitiveness, security of supply and for meeting the commitments on climate change made under the Kyoto protocol. There is significant potential for reducing consumption. With 40% of our energy consumed in buildings, the EU has introduced legislation to ensure that they consume less energy.

A key part of this legislation is the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) which requires all EU countries to enhance their building regulations and to introduce energy certification schemes for buildings.

THE FIRST EXECUTIVE SUMMARY REPORT ON THE INTERIM CONCLUSIONS OF THE CONCERTED ACTION 2007-2010 IS NOW AVAILABLE

The Concerted Action was asked by DG-TREN to provide a summary of its conclusions and recommendations as an input for the recast work that took place in the second semester of 2009. It builds upon the conclusions of the summary report from the CA 2005-2007 http://www.epbd-ca.org/Medias/Pdf/CA_Summary%20report_Feb2010.pdf provides added material that was produced in the first half of the CA 2007-2010. This summary report, sent to the Commission in September 2009, and then made available to all those officially involved in the drafting of the new EPBD recast, is now ready to be publicly released. It shall soon be followed by a set of more detailed reports from each of the five Core Themes that were the main source for the preparation of this executive report. As you will be able to see, the EPBD recast adopted many of the main conclusions and recommendations stated in this CA summary report, as it describes best practices and main desirable improvements for optimum implementation of the EPBD at EU level.

Contact: European Commission: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD),    www.epbd-ca.org