More action needed to meet high energy efficiency

News Item
08 Dec 2016
Glass for Europe has reacted positively to the new EU Energy Union package, but has called for further action.

Released on 30th November, the ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package is intended to modernise the EU’s energy efficiency policy and legislation, thus unlocking the huge energy saving potential in Europe. It incorporates the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive.

The European Commission proposal for a binding 30% target for energy efficiency is warmly welcomed by Glass for Europe.  Glass for Europe is the trade association of the flat glass sector in Europe and includes NSG Group as an active member. The flat glass industry manufactures high performance, energy saving technologies for the architectural, automotive and solar energy sectors.

Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe, comments: "Expectations on energy efficiency and, in particular, on thermal renovation of buildings are high."

The ‘energy efficiency first’ principle and setting the need to prioritize the building sector are seen as essential as part of the Energy Union package. However, Glass for Europe believes the proposals are ‘minimalistic’ in terms of unlocking the energy savings potential of buildings and call on co-legislators to raise the overall ambition level.

Bertrand Cazes warns:

"This Commission proposal is weak on the performance of building envelope technologies, which deliver massive reductions in heating and cooling needs in buildings."

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