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Improving energy performance of buildings [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Wilson (1st edition),

energy efficiency

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On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package, consisting of eight legislative proposals and some non‑legislative actions covering the broad fields of energy efficiency, promotion of renewables, design of electricity markets and governance of energy union.

The clean energy package includes a targeted revision of the 2010 Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). The Commission proposal would leave intact the key objectives and main features of the EPBD, but modernise and streamline some existing requirements, and remove redundant provisions.

The Commission also proposes binding obligations on electromobility requirements in residential and non-residential buildings; a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability of the building; and clearer requirements for how to develop and update national databases on Energy performance certificates.


Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:







Industry, Research and Energy

Bendt Bendtsen (EPP, Denmark)

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, Finland)

Edward Czesak (ECR, Poland)

Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE, Denmark)

Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, Cyprus)

Florent Marcellesi (Greens/EFA, Spain)

Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)

Nicolas Bay (ENF, France)

COM(2016) 765 30.11.2016

2016/0381 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)


Next steps expected: Publication of draft report


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