EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, is delighted to open the series of contributions from Strategic Partners in the EUSEW Newsroom, by reflecting on this year’s topic for the EU Sustainable Energy Week, “Shaping Europe’s Energy Future”.
As young (and older) activists take to the streets everywhere in Europe, every week, for months on end, they’re asking us to act now, in order to protect their future. For them, this means not only speaking about ambition but acting without further delay, putting in place the right policies and appropriate financing, to achieve our vision for the future. For EuroACE, acting today means ensuring that the amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), published last summer, is swiftly and thoroughly transposed by Member States by the deadline of 10th March 2020, which is less than a year away!
Why is this piece of legislation so important now for Europe’s energy future? Well, precisely because it presents a clear vision for buildings in 2050: a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock. The amended Directive has clearly drawn the link between what we want to achieve in the long-term, on one side, and what we can do to rapidly improve the lives of millions in the short-term, on the other side. This link? Energy efficient renovation of our buildings. But to get it right in the future, Member States should act now. To that purpose, EuroACE has developed a Guide to EPBD Implementation (available online) and ran a series of webinars with the BUILD UP platform, in order to share insights on how to transpose the EPBD rapidly to achieve the biggest impact.
Having an ambitious vision for 2050 will give a sense of direction to all of us, it will boost the confidence of private actors in the markets, it will spark actions as from now. Tackling our buildings now, especially the ones with the worst energy performance, will put us on the right track for our long-term objective and will ensure that energy efficient buildings will deliver their share in decarbonising our economy by 2050.
We need to act today, to make the path towards our 2050 vision of a carbon neutral economy and society a reality. The future is now: more than shaping it, we will grab it. And you, what are you waiting for?
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EuroACE represents Europe’s leading companies involved with the manufacture, distribution and installation of energy saving goods and services for buildings. EuroACE members employ around 286,000 people in these activities in Europe and have around 1,200 production facilities and office locations. The mission of EuroACE is to work together with the EU institutions to help Europe move towards a more efficient use of energy in buildings, thereby contributing to Europe’s commitments on climate change, energy security and economic growth.
EuroACE Members (April 2019)