EPBD Case Green Directive approved


Emma Potter

The text revised and softened

The initial text was then revised and softened so as to be similar to the real estate peculiarities of each member state. However, the revision of the text was the subject of clashes between political parties.

The MEP Fi-Ppe Massimiliano Salini he had declared himself against the Directive considered unsustainable for Italy: “on the new directive for the energy standards of buildings, there is a heated internal discussion in the European Parliament, which also involves numerically significant delegations such as those of Germany and France, some authoritative representatives of which are preparing to vote against, indicating the need Of change the text as requested by the Italian center-right. Together with this, the recent news relating to the Austrian government, which would join the front against the total stop on diesel and petrol in 2035, and the concerns about the new Euro 7 dossier which several member countries would like to postpone, are fueling strong skepticism towards he rigidly ultra-green wing of the European Commission led by Vice President Timmermans. A challenge that the EU executive would do well to grasp as soon as possible.”

Ciaran CuffeIrish Green MEP declared: “Some members of this House would like to change the text, making the directive useless and meaningless: it's a senseless attitude. I tell them not to dilute this directive but to vote for lower bills and warmer homes.”

The EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson supports the new Directive and believes that renewing the building stock is something essential and that energy-intensive buildings will be the first to be involved. For this Simson declared: “It will be important to strengthen energy performance certificates to give consumers and tenants clear and credible information on energy consumption”.

The objectives to be respected

As reported by ANSA.it, the approach towards energy classes has been changed, establishing that the 16% of public buildings less efficient will be renovated by 2050and the 26% by 2033.

For them homesone is expected reducing energy consumption by 16% by 2030 he was born in 20-22% by 2035. To ensure flexibility, renovations from 2020 will be included in the targets, allowing states to exempt historic, agricultural, military and temporary buildings.

Since 2050 all the new residential buildings they will have to be built to be a zero emissionswhile for the public buildings the standard will apply from 2028.

To ensure that governments have flexibility in managing their energy policies, all energy restructuring measures undertaken starting from 2020 will be considered in achieving the set objectives.

Furthermore, it will be possible for European Union member states to decide independently to grant specific exemptions to certain categories of buildings. These categories include the buildings with historical valueor, the agricultural structuresThe properties used for military purposes and those used temporarily. This approach allows for greater adaptability to national and local specificities, while maintaining a commitment to energy efficiency.