FORSIGHT Media Open letter Policy - 10/October/2023

Open letter: EPBD – Closing the Green Deal on a high note

Industry leaders call on the European Commission to strengthen the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of FORESIGHT Climate & Energy

Dear President von der Leyen,

We, business leaders of European frontrunners on energy efficiency in buildings, support the swift adoption of an ambitious Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

While necessary short-term energy savings have been the Commission’s focus last year, structural measures should be adopted by the end of the mandate to reinforce Europe’s industrial competitiveness through energy efficiency in buildings.

Buildings represent over one-third of our GHG emissions—and it is vital the Green Deal’s last cornerstone adequately reflects the importance of this sector towards meeting climate goals.

Beyond this, efficient buildings and energy renovations exemplify the green transition’s objectives: they create local jobs, shelter European citizens and businesses from high energy prices and improve overall living conditions.

Speed is of the essence but the EPBD’s ambition should not be sacrificed in the name of a quick deal. We count on the European Commission to stand strong and defend this important piece of legislation.

This Directive can become the EU’s industrial policy for the construction and energy efficiency sector.

We particularly support:

  • A flexible, yet solid approach on Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS): It will provide necessary market visibility and encourage investments throughout the renovation value chain, unlock further production capacity and help companies optimise and scale up training programmes. Clear timelines and benchmarks will also help to better plan renovation works whilst improving living conditions for millions of citizens in their homes and workplaces.
  • Increased access to quality information and guidance: Public and private One Stop Shops and information tools such as Energy Performance Certificates, Renovation Passports and the Smart Readiness Indicator must be rolled out to better inform and simplify renovation works.
  • New instruments are needed to mobilise finance: EU and national funds can be used more efficiently to cut costs for homeowners, and dedicated mortgage portfolio standards and renovation loans can facilitate access to finance.

Europe cannot afford to lose another decade when it comes to energy efficiency in buildings. The EPBD can unlock the full benefits smart and efficient buildings provide. Our industry is ready to deliver.

List of signatories:

  • Davide Cappellino President of AGC Architectural Glass Europe & Americas
  • Stanislas Lacroix CEO, Aldes
  • Klaus Ries Vice President BM Styrenics Europe, BASF SE
  • Stefan Endlweber CEO, Baukom Bauprodukte GmbH
  • Gerald Prinzhorn CEO, Baumit Group Jonas Siljeskär COO, BEWI RAW
  • Stefaan Bonny Director, BSTB E-Consult BV ProAttika Systems
  • Jürgen Fischer President, Danfoss Climate Solutions, Member of the Danfoss Group Executive Team
  • Dr. Ralf Murjahn CEO, DAW SE
  • Christian F. Kocherscheidt CEO, EJOT Holding GmbH & Co. KG
  • Bernard Delvaux Chief Executive Officer, ETEX
  • Poul Due Jensen CEO, GRUNDFOS Holding A/S
  • Filippo Colonna Amministratore Delegato (CEO) & Direttore Marketing Strategico (CMO), IVAS Industria Vernici S.p.A.
  • Marc Vandiepenbeeck Vice President and President, Building Solutions EMEALA – Johnson Controls
  • Rüdiger Lugert CEO, Keimfarben GmbH
  • Gene Murtagh CEO Kingspan Group
  • Alexander Knauf Speaker of the General Partners, Knauf Group
  • Benoît Coquart CEO du Groupe Legrand
  • Kay Hennekens CEO Nestaan Holland b.v.
  • Christian Quenett Head of Architectural Glass Europe NSG Group
  • Jari Airola Managing Director, Paroc Group
  • Ivica Konjecic Director, PLASTFORM doo
  • Dr. Andreas Huther CEO of Puren group
  • Ralf Becker Group General Manager Insulation, Recticel
  • Mirella A Vitale Senior Vice President ROCKWOOL Group
  • Reinhard Pfaller CEO, Rygol Dämmstoffe
  • Benoit Bazin CEO Saint Gobain
  • Gwenaelle Avice-Huet Executive Vice-President Europe Operations, Schneider Electric
  • Harry Verhaar VP Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify
  • Pierre Etienne Bindschedler CEO SOPREMA group
  • Michael Keller Chief Sales Officer, responsible for Sales Sto Brand Germany, Distribution and Central Services, Sto SE & Co. KGaA, represented by STO Management SE
  • Roman Eberstaller CEO SUNPOR Kunststoff GmbH
  • Lieven Malfait Managing director, UNILIN bvba, division insulation
  • Efren Del Pino Iglesias CEO, URSA
  • Lars Petersson CEO, VELUX Group

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