Presidential support for energy efficiency on Renovate Europe Day

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10 Oct 2013

Energy efficiency is the highest impact measure governments can take to save energy. That was the message from President Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on Renovate Europe Day.


Held in Brussels on 9th October and organised by the Renovate Europe Campaign, the third Renovate Europe Day tackled the opportunities for designing ambitious renovation roadmaps and the challenges of unlocking the needed financing.

President Van Rompuy identified buildings as the sector for the greatest potential energy savings. He called on the 28 EU Member States to seize the huge energy saving and economic opportunities energy efficiency in buildings represents.

“Energy efficiency in buildings is not a cost, but an investment with a great rate of return”, President Van Rompuy explained in his video address. “Undertaking ambitious renovation of the existing building stock can have very significant social, economic and environmental benefits”.

The Renovate Europe Campaign is campaigning for Europe's legislators to put in place the necessary framework to reduce the energy demand of Europe’s existing building stock by 80% by 2050 as compared to 2005 Levels

For more information on the Renovate Europe Campaign, please click here.