Brussels -- Legislation for a 40% cut in domestic EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from the European Parliament offers opportunities for the PU industry, said Oliver Loebel, md of PU Europe.
EU energy efficiency, all set for 40% reduction by 2030
The reduction from 1990 levels will be implemented by national governments and goes much further than the earlier 30% cut the EU had mandated, PU Europe said. PU Europe represents the EU polyurethane and polyisocyanurate insulation industry, said.
Loebel highlighted the role buildings can play in meeting this goal, they account for 40% of the EU's energy demand and consume 61 % of all imported natural gas, according to PU Europe. Loebel added: "This is a priority sector to tackle. Its potential is huge, not just in terms of energy saving but also in terms of job creation.”
Loebel told UTECH-polyurethane.com: “There are now clear calls on the European Commission to strengthen legislation for buildings and stimulate regulation for the industry.” Earlier in the year Loebel welcomed changes to the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
“Parliament saying it wants 40% means the Commission will feel more pressure to go beyond 33%,” he added.
He said COP21 commitments can only be achieved if "we realise cost-effective energy savings". Loebel added that it was a clear signal to the Commission that 40% efficiency gains must be modeled in the forthcoming impact assessment on the Energy Efficiency Directive.
He continued that both the depth and the rate of building renovation need to be increased and better insulation promoted. Energy efficiency "could boost energy security, competitiveness, jobs and growth, and help keep consumer expenditure low, to combat energy poverty and to meet climate and energy objectives," Loebel added.
Loebel continued: "We strongly believe that efficiency potentials should be realised first before investing in new generation and supply capacities. It is good to see that the European Parliament shares this vision.”
Loebel said the vote was “quite tight and it was not until the last minute was it sure the articles relating to energy efficiency would be carried” as, he said, there are many more Euro skeptics in the parliament than previously. “It was a difficult discussion but very important that this went through.