European Commission releases Clean Energy Package
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission released its “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, a set of legislative measures and energy targets within the context of the Energy Union 2030 goals and the Paris Agreement.
The Clean Energy Package contains a set of legislative proposals covering energy efficiency, renewable energy, the design of the electricity market, security of electricity supply and governance rules for the Energy Union. In addition, with this package, the Commission proposes a new way forward for eco-design as well as a strategy for connected and automated mobility.
The package also includes actions to accelerate clean energy innovation and to renovate Europe’s buildings. It provides measures to encourage public and private investment, promote EU industrial competitiveness and mitigate the societal impact of the clean energy transition.
As part of the Clean Energy Package, and based on the earlier consultation, the European Commission proposes a review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) that
- integrates long term building renovation targets and strategies
- encourages the use of ICT, building automation and control systems and introduces a smartness indicator for assessing the technological readiness of the building to interact with its users and the grid
- encourages the development of the required infrastructure for e-mobility
- considers energy poverty and strengthens the links between public funding for building renovation and energy performance certificates
With this review, the Commission envisions the decarbonisation of the building stock by 2050.
All on European Commission’s Clean Energy Package is available at https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/commission-proposes-new-rules-consumer-centred-clean-energy-transition