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EPBD implementation in Austria – status at the end of 2016

This is the Concerted Action (CA) EPBD country implementation report for Austria, as updated at the end of 2016.   The CA EPBD national implementation reports present in a snapshot the status and progress achieved in implementing the...

EPBD implementation in Latvia – status at the end of 2016

This is the Concerted Action (CA) EPBD country implementation report for Latvia, as updated at the end of 2015.   The CA EPBD national implementation reports present in a snapshot the status and progress achieved in implementing the Energy...

Making the EU renovation wave a success

Draft Final
A major economic challenge will face us all once the COVID-19 crisis passes. All sectors in society will be affected and we will look to policymakers and legislators to rapidly put the best and most effective recovery package in place. ...

Quarterly report on European electricity markets with a focus on energy storage and 2019 wholesale prices

Electricity consumption in the EU28 declined by approximately 1% year-on-year in Q4 2019, dragged down by stagnating industrial activity and a very mild start of the heating season. Of the major economies, power consumption increased in...

Energy efficiency – Mind the 2030 gap

In 2018, the European Union set itself the target to achieve a 32.5% energy efficiency improvement by 2030. Member States have to set indicative contributions and notify policies and measures to reach the mandatory 0.8% annual energy...

Renewable capacity statistics 2020

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive statistics on a range of topics related to renewable energy. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the past decade (2010-2019)...

Communication from the commission to the European parliament, the council, the European economic and social committee and the committee of the regions

A new Circular Economy Action Plan for a cleaner and more competitive Europe
Global consumption of materials such as biomass, fossil fuels, metals and minerals is expected to double in the next forty years, while annual waste generation is projected to increase by 70% by 2050.   As half of total greenhouse gas...

Upscaling urban residential retrofit for the EU’s low carbon future: Challenges and opportunities

With respect to the EU climate and energy goals, a major challenge for EU cities lies within retrofitting the existing urban building stock. Hereby existing buildings represent a substantial potential for both (1) energy savings and (2)...

The inner value of a building. Linking indoor environmental quality and energy performance in building regulation

People spending 60-90% of their life in indoor environments (homes, offices, schools, etc.), indoor air quality is essential in ensuring health, quality of life and performance of buildings’ occupants.
Building policies are increasingly demanding in terms of energy performance and reduction of CO2 emissions. At the same time, people spending 60-90% of their life in indoor environments (homes, offices, schools, etc.), indoor air quality...

The Covenant of Mayors in Europe: 2019 activity report

Do you know what is the average CO2-emission reduction target of the European Covenant of Mayors signatories? Or how many signatories are aiming for climate neutrality? Are you curious to know how, as the Covenant of Mayors - Europe Office...

Financing deep energy renovation: leveraging the just transition mechanism and carbon revenues

As part of the final month of the #GreenDeal4Buildings campaign, Renovate Europe has produced two complementary briefings looking at the issue of financing deep energy renovation. This briefing examines ways to leverage funds through the...

An Action Plan for the Renovation Wave: Collectively achieving sustainable buildings in Europe

BPIE - The Buildings Performance Institute Europe, developed a set of recommendations for all stakeholders which could support economic recovery post COVID-19, and trigger a renovation wave and achieve climate-neutrality for Europe’s...

Financing deep energy renovation: the roles of policy action, public-private partnerships and financial tools for private dwellings

As part of the final month of the #GreenDeal4Buildings campaign, Renovate Europe has produced two complementary briefings looking at the issue of financing deep energy renovation. This briefing focuses on the need for strong policy, the...

Taxonomy: Final report of the Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance

This report sets out the TEG’s final recommendations to the European Commission. This report contains recommendations relating to the overarching design of the Taxonomy, as well as guidance on how users of the Taxonomy can develop Taxonomy...

Selection of policy options for building renovation passports and analysis of related potential impacts

Final report (Deliverable 6.2)
This study, commissioned and supervised by the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), provides technical support to investigate the feasibility of introducing optional building renovation passports (BRPs) in...

Public procurement of energy-efficient works, supplies and services

Support provided to projects under the Intelligent Energy Europe II programme and Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency
This report aims to provide an insight in the results achieved by projects supporting the uptake of public procurement of energy-efficient works, supplies and services, under the Intelligent Energy Europe II programme and the Horizon 2020...

Special Issue "Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Both New and Rehabilitated"

From Journal Energies
Buildings are one of the main causes of the emission of greenhouse gases in the world; in Europe, for example, they are responsible for more than 30% of emissions, or about 900 million tons of CO2 per year. Heating and air conditioning are...

ECSO - Country profile: Latvia

The Latvian GDP grew by 4.8% during 2018, the highest GDP growth rate since 2010. The growth was driven by consumer spending and strong investment levels supported by EU fund inflows.   The volume index of production in the broad...

ECSO - Country profile: France

The volume index of production in the narrow construction sector increased marginally, by 2.3% over the 2015-2018 period. The production in building construction increased slightly by 1.1%, while civil engineering construction experienced...

ECSO - Policy Fact Sheet Bulgaria

BUILD UP Skills EnerPro – Thematic objective 2
In Bulgaria, around 1,400 buildings are being renovated and retrofitted since 2017 according to the Bulgarian Construction Chamber (BCC) as nearly 70% of the building stock was built before 1979.   The successful improvement of building...