Council of Europe adopts revised directive on ‘Energy efficient buildings’

The Council of Europe (COE) has adopted a revised directive on ‘Energy efficient buildings’, aimed at improving ‘energy efficiency in buildings and encourages building renovation’.

The COE writes:

The Council today adopted a revised directive on the energy performance of buildings, so completing the final stage in the legislative procedure.

The directive improves energy efficiency in buildings and encourages building renovation. Decarbonising the existing, highly inefficient European building stock is one of its long term goals. It promotes cost-effective renovation work, introduces a smartness indicator for buildings, simplifies the inspections of heating and air conditioning systems and promotes electro-mobility by setting up a framework for parking spaces for electric vehicles….

The review of the energy performance of buildings directive amends Directive 2010/31/EU and complements measures under the energy efficiency directive as well as EU legislation on energy efficiency of products. It is part of the Clean Energy package presented by the Commission on 30 November 2016.

The Council agreed on a negotiating position on the directive in June 2017. Negotiations between the Estonian Presidency and the European Parliament led to a provisional agreement on 19 December 2017 which was confirmed by the EU ambassadors on 31 January 2018.

Following today’s formal approval of the regulation by the Council, which is the final step in the legislative process, the directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU, and will enter into force twenty days later. The transposition period for this legislation is 20 months.

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