Brussels -- “Uncertainty” surrounds the European Commission’s (EC) attempts to engage stakeholders with the (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), say key trade associations including PU Europe.
In an open letter to the EC director general of energy Dominique Ristori, the rigid polyurethane producers association’s md Oliver Loebel and Jante Bos, director general of Eurima (European Insulation Manufacturers Association) say they left an EC meeting “with an impression of uncertainty regarding the process and proposed policy options.”
The secretary general of the association Glass for Europe Bertrand Cazes also added his name to the open letter to EC policy makers.
They also objected to a possibility raised in the meeting of “widening [EED] Article 7 to include renewables” – a move they described as sending “confusing signals to the market for the type of investments to be mobilised.”
The letter suggested three trigger points around building energy efficiency were suggested. The first point calls for “clear political guidance” and highlights the “need for a long term vision regarding European building stock”.
In the second point they say a “zero carbon building is not the same as a zero energy building" before stating that renewable energy has "specific support mechanisms" in Member States.
Earlier in 2016, Loebel told the EED consultation team that Article 4 of the EED - which requires Member States to set out national strategies for the renovation of their building stocks contained “ambiguous wording mean[ing] that measures are not actually implemented.”
With reference to Article 4, the open letter’s trigger point three urges that financing initiatives are coupled with “policies [that] are on track towards long term goals” and go beyond “just financing.”