Opinion Factsheet  

Energy efficiency and buildings

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Opinion Number: CDR 831/2017
Rapporteur: RIJSBERMAN Michiel
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 12/07/2017
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS would like its opinion to be visible and to be acted upon:

supports an energy efficiency target of 40% by 2030, as this will cut back Europe’s CO2 emissions by 40%, reduce Europe's dependency on energy imports and benefit the economy. Energy efficiency can also contribute to the creation of three million extra jobs for Europeans;
supports a cumulative end-use savings requirement of annual energy sales for the 2021–2030 obligation period;
regrets that energy audits of companies are not included in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED);
proposes that the EED demands for individual metering and billing for heating be modified, as these are not always cost efficient or technical feasible. Under these circumstances it should be possible to use another metering and billing system ;
considers access to funding crucial to the success of the energy package and calls on the European Commission to earmark structural funds resources after 2020 for clean energy for all Europeans;
supports a clear, simple and efficient directive and proposes that the possibilities for excluding items from the energy savings obligation scheme be removed;
shares the European Commission's view on the transition to sustainable transport and endorses the Commission's proposals on installations for electro mobility in buildings;
regrets that the exemplary role of local and regional public authority buildings is not included in the EPBD;
calls on Member States to involve local and regional authorities in shaping integrated national energy and climate plans.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- supports an energy efficiency target of 40% by 2030, as this will cut back Europe’s CO2 emissions by 40%, reduce Europe's dependency on energy imports and benefit the economy. Energy efficiency can also contribute to the creation of three million extra jobs for Europeans;

- supports a cumulative end-use savings requirement of annual energy sales for the 2021–2030 obligation period;

- regrets that energy audits of companies are not included in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED);

- proposes that the EED demands for individual metering and billing for heating be modified, as these are not always cost efficient or technical feasible. Under these circumstances it should be possible to use another metering and billing system ;

- considers access to funding crucial to the success of the energy package and calls on the European Commission to earmark structural funds resources after 2020 for clean energy for all Europeans;

- supports a clear, simple and efficient directive and proposes that the possibilities for excluding items from the energy savings obligation scheme be removed;

- shares the European Commission's view on the transition to sustainable transport and endorses the Commission's proposals on installations for electro mobility in buildings;

- regrets that the exemplary role of local and regional public authority buildings is not included in the EPBD;

- calls on Member States to involve local and regional authorities in shaping integrated national energy and climate plans.