Today, the European Commission presented the amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive together with a set of legislative proposals aimed at reducing the bloc’s emissions.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is ambitious on the decarbonisation of heating and cooling systems in the EU’s buildings and drastically improves the case for heat pumps. The Commission’s clear statement on phasing out fossil fuels in heating and cooling by 2040 is the shift needed to swiftly implement decarbonisation of heating. By ending financial incentives for fossil fuel boilers as of 2027, the EC implements the polluter pays principle and enables citizens to switch to heat pumps.
The Commission should have been more ambitious on buildings in 2050. Of course, by then all buildings must be zero emission, but with a heat pump, an energy positive building can easily be achieved. Read the press release
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