Energy Union proposal puts inefficient buildings under the spotlight

BRUFMA welcomes the recent news that the EU Commission is rethinking energy efficiency, with the building sector offering huge energy efficiency potential.

On 25th February 2015, the EU Commission tabled its Communication on the Energy Union, setting out a strategy over the coming years for the establishment of a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. It wants to coordinate national energy policies and increase interconnection capacity.

This communication sets out a rethinking of energy efficiency, treating it as an energy source in its own right. It wants to “encourage Member States to give energy efficiency primary consideration in their policies”. This is in line with the “efficiency first” approach strongly advocated for by the European energy efficiency industry.

Our Chief Executive Chris Hall said “The Communication on The Energy Union rightly identifies buildings as a sector offering a huge energy efficiency potential with 75% of the housing stock being energy inefficient today. Putting buildings in the spotlight is a positive development which offers opportunities for future policy actions. It does fall short however in respect of recommending specific actions or strategies at the European level to encourage energy efficiency, but that may come later. In the meantime it is to be supported as a very much a step in the right direction.”