Business leaders call for EU vision for building stock

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04 Oct 2016
A letter from European industry leaders has urged the European Commission to show more ambition in improving the energy efficiency of Europe’s building stock.

Co-signed by Glass for Europe’s CEOs and other construction and building materials stakeholders, the letter to President Juncker and First-Vice-President Timmermans has called for EU wide action to drive the transformation of our inefficient building stock. The upcoming review of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is seen as a unique opportunity for the European Union to act big on the big issues: jobs and growth, while putting our economies on the right track to meet the Paris Agreement.

The European trade association for flat glass, Glass for Europe, of which NSG Group is an active member, believes that a high level political commitment for renovation is needed to spur European jobs and growth.

In the letter, it is made clear by the major European industries and building community that the Paris commitment cannot be honoured without drastically reducing energy consumption in our buildings. As the EU building stock emits over one-third of our CO2 emissions, three-quarters of our buildings are inefficient, and up to four-fifths will still be in use in 2050, the importance of improving the energy performance cannot be underestimated.

The business leaders call on the support of the European Commission in delivering an ambitious revision of the EPBD and EED. For more information about Glass for Europe's views on the EPBD and EED, check out their position papers.