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Energy efficiency - 22.01.2018

Victory: EU Parliament rejects costly public building renovation requirement
Great news: on 17 January, the European Parliament finally rejected a requirement* that would have made it binding for local governments to renovate 3% of all their public buildings every year. CEMR and its members had contacted Members of the European Parliament to urge them to reject this requirement, and we are very happy to see that they heard local government’s voice.

Just to avoid any misunderstanding: the problem here is not building renovation. Not a single town or region in Europe is against renovation itself. The problem is setting binding targets that are out of touch with the reality of local governments. From a practical and financial point of view, the yearly 3% renovation rate would not have been realistic for many local and regional governments – and it would have substantially reduced towns and regions’ possibilities of investing in other crucial sectors.

Next step: the Clean energy package will be on the agenda of the Council of the European Union.

*In the energy efficiency directive, which is part of the Clean energy for all Europeans package.
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