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MEPs unite behind more energy efficient buildings law

Posted on 11 October 2017
Improving energy efficiency in houses would save money and help the climate
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Brussels, Belgium - 11 October 2017

MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning. The Energy Committee (ITRE) voted in favour of tighter rules on national plans for decarbonisation of buildings by 2050. It supported using ‘trigger points’ in the life of a building to speed up renovations. ITRE was voting on a Report by Bendt Bendtsen MEP.

“Pumping costly energy into inefficient buildings is like pouring water into a sieve. Happily, we’ve seen today that the European Parliament’s ITRE committee wants to patch up the holes. It wants to beef up national renovation strategies by adding a clear long-term goal for 2050, and encouraging the renovation of the worst performing buildings,” commented Arianna Vitali, Senior Policy Officer for Energy Conservation at WWF European Policy Office.

“This vote is a wake-up call to Member States. Their backward-looking position will appear a long way away from the Parliament’s if today’s vote is signed-off in plenary later this month. The Parliament’s Rapporteur Bendt Bendtsen will need to be strong in the trialogue negotiations in order to make our homes and offices more efficient, healthy and  climate-compatible,” Vitali added.

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The ITRE committee also voted today to enter into inter-institutional negotiations with Council. If this is not opposed by plenary on 26 October, Bendt Bendtsen will have the green light to negotiate with Council on the basis of his Report

Trilogue meetings - which are negotiations between European Commission, Parliament, and Council - are scheduled by the Estonian Presidency on 7 November and 5 December. The EU Council will negotiate on the basis of its position, or ‘General Approach’, which was reached on 26 June. The European Parliament will negotiate on the basis of the Report adopted today in ITRE.

The Estonian Presidency aims to reach a final agreement on the file before the end of this year

Arianna Vitali
Senior Policy Officer for Energy Conservation
WWF European Policy Office 
+32 2 743 88 16

Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer
WWF European Policy Office
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