Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO₂ emissions in the EU. The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive are the EU’s main legislation when it comes to reducing the energy consumption of buildings.
Buildings have huge potential for energy efficiency gains and renewable H&C supply. Retrofitting existing buildings to make them energy efficient and making full use of renewable space heating and cooling will reduce the EU’s energy import bills, reinforce energy security and cut energy costs for households and businesses.
The Energy Performance of Building Directive will be revised in 2016 and will offer great opportunity for renewable heating technologies.
A public consultation is open until 31 October 2015.
The role of biomass
Biomass, and most importantly pellet, has an important role to play in heating the residential sector. Households can use pellets for space heating by using stove or boilers.
Renewable heat supply and energy efficiency of buildings go hand in hand. They must be addressed at the same time as they face similar barriers and can generate synergies.
AEBIOM has prepared a reply to the public consultation on EPBD.
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