EFIEES has been closely following the work on the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) recast, and welcome the proposal to have stronger tools, and an ambitious timeline to decarbonise the building sector. After going through the draft-report of the ITRE committee, we are glad to see a better recognition of the Energy Efficiency First principle and a will to enhance district approach. Yet, we would like to remind two guiding principles, not yet well enough recognised in the discussions concerning the EPBD recast.

  1. Energy management solutions are essential to support the decarbonisation of the building sector, and should not only be viewed as financing tools
  2. Decarbonising the heating & cooling sector requires a mix of diversified solutions at different levels. Thus, a building supplied by an EDHC system should meet the “zero-emission buildings” requirements.
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