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Poor compliance with Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

Compliance with the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) remains patchy across the European Union to say the least.  Energy efficiency renovation strategies from Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands do not comply with EU requirements and another six member states, including Greece, Poland and Luxembourg haven’t even published their national renovation strategies six months after the deadline on 4th July 2014.

The EED requires EU member states to develop strategies for deep renovation of their building stocks. They should upgrade the energy performance of existing buildings, which use up to 40% of the EU’s energy and produce a third of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Experts have examined a sample of 10 strategies submitted to the Commission.  They concluded that Germany, the Brussels region in Belgium and France are partially compliant with the rules with the strategies from the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and the UK being acceptable but with a margin for improvement.

A lack of clear strategies for the renovation of national building stocks risks leaving the EU to wait until the end of the century to capture the potential for energy improvement. Overall the experts found that, Member States were struggling to encourage building owners to renovate and industry to invest in the supply chain. READ MORE - http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/eed/eed_en.htm

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