26 Feb 2021

European Commission opens a public consultation on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The European Commission has opened to public consultation the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, whose submission deadline will end on March 22. The objective is to gather comments on to what extent and how this European directive should be revised to promote the renovation of buildings.

In 2020, the Commission presented its ‘Renovation Wave’ strategy to boost energy renovation of buildings in the EU. This strategy contains an action plan with regulatory, financing and enabling measures; and the goal of at least doubling the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030.

This goal requires a revision of the relevant EU legal act, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The revision will focus on provisions that are central to boosting building renovation.

The Commission uses roadmaps to determine the scope of the new legislation and the new policies, evaluations of current legislation and policies, and adequacy checks of regulations and policies applied in a given area. The roadmaps describe the problems to be solved and the objectives to be achieved, explain why an EU intervention is necessary, summarize the policy options and outline the main features of the consultation strategy.