Europese overheden lopen achter met plannen voor energiezuinige overheidsgebouwen
23 mei 2015 – Europese centrale overheden lopen achter met hun plannen om hun eigen gebouwen energiezuinig te maken. Ze lopen achter met de implementatie van het Energy Efficiency Directive van de Europese Commissie.
Dat concludeert de Coalition for Energy Savings na analyse van de nationale rapporten over de implementatie van de Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). Daarin staat dat de EU-lidstaten jaarlijks 3 procent van de totale vloeroppervlak van hun kantoren moeten renoveren om energie te besparen. Ze kunnen er ook voor kiezen andere maatregelen te nemen voor energiebesparing, zoals het gedrag van hun personeel veranderen. Verreweg de meeste lidstaten (22 van de 28) blijven achter met hun plannen.
Uit een bericht van de Coalition for Energy Savings
‘(…) The report analyses the plans and inventories that Member States notified to the European Commission in order to comply with Article 5 of the EED, which requires them to annually renovate 3% of the floor area of central government buildings or put in place alternative measures to reach at least the same energy savings.
Eleven Member States chose the default approach, while 17 Member States selected the alternative approach which allows them to opt for non-renovation measures, such as behavioural change campaigns. Out of the 11 Member States that have chosen the default procedure, only Latvia and Slovenia have provided good quality inventories, which are the first essential step to plan and start the renovations. Overall, Member States have provided limited information, and no clear plans on the renovations to be undertaken to achieve the required energy savings.
“It would be unfortunate if our governments would not use their powers to invest in saving energy in their buildings and reduce running costs. This is more than just about applying EU rules, it is about putting energy efficiency first”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings.
“Governments have an opportunity to kick start the market for renovations by putting their house in order and making their own buildings monuments of energy efficiency”, said Arianna Vitali from WWF European Policy Office. “It is time for them to walk the energy efficiency talk and create a learning laboratory to prepare the market for larger-scale refurbishment programmes”.
As a multi-stakeholder Coalition, uniting 27 European business, civil society, professional, trade union and local government organisations, the Coalition for Energy Savings calls on Member States and on the EU to consider energy efficiency first in their investment decisions and to achieve its full cost-effective energy savings potentials. (…)’
Uit een bericht van EurActiv
‘(…) The Renovate Europe campaign says that, thanks to modern technology, buildings’ energy demands can be cut by 80%. But, it adds, in order for that to happen, there needs to be an effective regulatory and legislative framework in place.
The European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive in late 2012 was expected to trigger the largest revamp of Europe’s existing building stock to date and set new standards for public procurement and energy audits. But implementation of the rules at national level has been poor.
In March, every member state of the European Union, with the sole exception of Malta, was hit by legal action over failures to translate the Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. (…)’
Coalition for Energy Savings, 21 mei 2015: Energy waste in buildings: Central governments do not lead by example
EurActiv, 22 mei 2015: Governments not planning properly for energy efficiency, report warns
Coalition for Energy Savings, mei 2015: Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: Analysis of Member States plans to implement Article 5 (pdf, 813 KB)