HIGHLIGHTS

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...

The second CAIV Plenary Meeting of the Concerted Action EPBD IV was held in Vilnius on the 31st of May and 1st of June 2016. The plenary hosted 14 sessions and 2 double sessions (workshops) on key topics for the implementation of the EPBD in the 29 partner countries. More than 125 participants attended the meeting including CA EPBD partners, EASME and the Commission, these participants evaluated the event as successful. The Lithuanian Minister of the Environment, Mr. Kęstutis Trečiokas, opened the meeting.  The warm hospitality of the Lithuanian team was duly appreciated during the duration of the meeting, and helped to stimulate the energetic discussions in all sessions....

A public side event on Renovation Strategies was held on the 30th of May, from 14:00 – 17:30 at the Radisson Hotel in Vilnius, CAIV EPBD participants and stakeholders were invited to take part in the discussions and presentations. The event was set up in connection to the EED, Article 4, looking into how to move Article 4 towards making concrete actions in MSs. The side event set out to increase collaboration between the two directives (CA EPBD and CA EED). The event moderator, Jens Laustsen, the CA IV Coordinator, kicked off the Stakeholders’ Meeting by welcoming the guests and providing an overview of the topics of the event. Luca Castellazzi, JRC European Commission, gave a presentation on a report recently published by the JRC, titled “Assessment of the first long term renovation strategies of national building stocks: Best practice and recommendations.” After a fruitful discussion, the second part of the event invited MS to present some best practice renovation strategies....

The country reports of the CA3 Book can now be individually downloaded on the CAIV website, under the country information section. These provide the status of the implementation of the EPBD in each MS up to the end of 2014. A small meeting / reception was organised in the early evening of the 30th May (from 6pm) to mark this great achievement. Eduardo Maldonado, CA3 Coordinator, was invited to present the findings of this book, additionally, some representatives of the Core Teams, national teams and EASME were invited to say some words and present several highlights of the country reports. Please find a link to the publication here: https://www.epbd-ca.eu/ca-outcomes/2011-2015. Please note, the publication has been advertised on Twitter and BUILD UP....

The Final Executive Summary of the second phase of the Concerted Action on the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (CA-RES) (2013-2016) is available at: http://www.ca-res.eu/fileadmin/cares/public/Reports/Final_Executive_Summary/CA-RES_Executive_Summary_2016.pdf Final Summaries of the Outcomes from CA RES on the following Core Themes can also be found at http://www.ca-res.eu/index.php?id=434 Support Schemes for Electricity (Art. 3) Cooperation Mechanisms (Art. 3, 4, 6-11) RES Heat (Art. 3, 13, 14, 16) Electricity Networks (Art. 16) Guarantees of Origin/Disclosure (Art. 15) Biomass Mobilisation and Sustainability (Art. 4, 17 (9)) RES in Transport (Art. 17-19, 21) More information on CA RES here....

On 29 July 2016, the European Commission released the Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/1318 on guidelines for the promotion of nearly zero-energy buildings and best practices to ensure that, by 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings. The Commission Recommendation is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32016H1318&from=FR...

On 2 February, the BUILD UP portal for energy efficient buildings held an online web-streamed event to mark the launch of the improved BUILD UP website. On this occasion, Concerted Action EPBD III was invited to present some of its latest findings, including highlights from the latest Core Theme reports. The event acted as the public event to support the launch of the latest CA EPBD Book. Guests included Paula Rey Garcia, Buildings Team Leader of the European Commission’s DG for Energy, Eduardo Maldonado, CA EPBD III Coordinator, Susanne Geissler of the Austrian Sustainable Buildings Council, Wina Roelens of the Flemish Energy Agency, Heike Erhorn-Kluttig of the Fraunhofer Institute for Buildings Physics and Jens Laustsen, CA EPBD IV Coordinator. The event was moderated by Peter Wouters of INIVE/BBRI. For more information, including the recording of the webcast and PDFs of presentation, please visit BUILD UP....

With a full room and very active discussions, the EPBD CA Stakeholders meeting “Implementation of the EPBD in Europe | Training and NZEB issues”, held in hotel Bloom in Brussels last Thursday 13 November 2014, is considered a major success. The event targeted representatives from the public sector, NGOs, the building industry, financing sector stakeholders, as well as the coordinators of Intelligent Energy Europe Projects, aiming to exchange views and identify directions for future work in the areas of training of experts and Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings. The presentations can be downloaded from the programme below (Right click on the PDF links and Save As…). Introduction and Welcome Eduardo Maldonado, CA Coordinator Laurent Delleersnyder, DG Energy, EC Summary of national Key Implementation Decisions – Marcello Antinucci Part I – Training of Experts, Inspectors and Energy Auditors Highlights of training-related IEE projects – Zoe Wildiers (EASME) Status in MS and CA recommendations – Zuzana Sternova & Kirsten Thomsen Short...

Recent work of the Joint Working Group of the three Concerted Actions concluded with the publication of documentation aiming to encourage and assist Member State authorities in the task of formulating their long term strategies to mobilise the large scale energy efficiency upgrading/ renovation of their building stocks, as required by Article 4 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The documentation does not seek to identify or answer all the issues that need to be addressed in developing a strategy; however, it provides a useful starting point for Member State authorities by way of posing a series of possible questions to be addressed in partnership with stakeholders, in conjunction with signposts to some possible productive approaches to tackling particular challenges, including examples of relevant actions and experiences.  While the specific content of the resulting strategy in each Member State is the responsibility of the Member State, it is hoped that this...

Concerted Action EPBD and BUILD UP Skills joined forces and engaged in national dialogue in order to identify and highlight priority measures, both from the regulatory and the skills development perspective, for the transition faced by the building sector towards NZEB. The outcomes of this collaboration are now presented in two reports available under Outcomes 2011-2015....