Buildings are a crucial piece in the jigsaw of the energy transition, one that is often overlooked. The EU’s building stock is responsible for as much as 40% of the bloc’s energy consumption, and for 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions.
The EU is updating its rules on energy performance of buildings at a critical time, since Russia’s war on Ukraine is putting EU’s gas supply at risk. In the first episode of Policy Dispatch, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy’s new podcast, we take a deep dive into these questions with MEP Ciarán Cuffe, the EU lawmaker responsible for the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
We will look into the need for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), possibly “the most important part” of this revision according to Cuffe, as well as how he is ensuring that the review of the EPBD aligns with other key EU legislation currently under revision.
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