The Council ofEuropean Union and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement today on the proposed revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The text establishes new and more ambitious energy performance requirements for new and renovated buildings in the EU and encourages Member States to renovate their building stock. As stated in a Council note, the main objectives of the review call for all new buildings to be zero-emission by 2030 and for existing building stock to be transformed into zero-emission buildings by 2050. The co-legislators agreed on Article 9a on solar energy in buildings, which will ensure the deployment of adequate solar systems in new buildings, public buildings and existing non-residential buildings undergoing renovation work requiring authorisation.
Regarding the minimum standards of energy performance (MEPS) in non-residential buildings, the co-legislators agreed that, once the 16 percent of buildings with the worst energy class have been identified, by 2030 all non-residential buildings will have to exceed this energy class. The threshold will rise to 26 percent of the worst performing buildings by 2033. Regarding the residential building renovation target, Member States will ensure that the residential building stock reduces average energy consumption by 16 percent in 2030 and 26 percent in 2035. 55 percent of the energy reduction will have to be achieved through the renovation of the worst performing buildings. Finally, in relation to the fossil fuel boiler phase-out plan, both institutions agreed to include in national building renovation plans a roadmap for the phase-out of fossil fuel boilers by 2040. The agreement provisional agreement reached today with the European Parliament must now be approved and formally adopted by both institutions.