Brussels -- PU Europe released its contribution to the European Commission's (EC) public consultation on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).
The EED is an EC's directive that establishes a set of binding measures to help the European Union reach energy efficiency targets.
Oliver Loebel, the association’s md, said revision of the regulation must “ensure the realisation of the EU's full cost-effective savings potential; become far more stringent and set a specific energy savings target for EU building stock.”
PU Europe’s 13-page statement to the consultation criticised the language of Article 4 - which requires Member States, for the first time, to set out national strategies for the renovation of their building stocks. PU Europe has told the consultation team that the article's “ambiguous wording means that [the] measures are not actually implemented.”
“The future wording of Article 4 will be crucial,” PU Europe added.
The organisation supports the extension of requirements for central government public procurement to all public authorities but said existing EU energy efficiency requirements for public procurement was not sufficient to achieve the necessary impact of energy savings.
There is no coherent and ambitious set of rules in place,” the organisation’s response to the consultation stated.
"Buildings offer the largest readily available savings potential. Without achieving nearly zero energy demand for the EU's building stock by 2050, we will be unable to meet our COP21 commitments", Loebel added.
PU Europe’s consultation document is available on the organisation’s website.