Sustainable Energy Week 2013

DG Energy’s 2013 Sustainable Energy Week was held the 24-28 June in Brussels. Events were held at both the Charlemagne building as well as the Committee of the Regions. On its second day, Paul Hodson from DG Energy covered a session on ‘Towards EU 2020 and beyond’, and made some useful points on the barriers to promoting new attitudes towards financing regional green energy projects. Crucially, Mr. Hodson openly recognised that current EU regulations will need to be improved, and legal challenges overcome. Mr.

The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requiring all new buildings to consume ‘nearly zero-energy’ from 2021 and those owned and occupied by the public sector organisations to comply by 2019 is not going well. Fewer than half of the 27 member states met the transposition deadline last summer and of them only 14 have submitted national plans stipulating how the nearly zero-energy definition is applied according to local conditions.