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Improving energy performance of buildings [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Wilson 4th edition),

Updated on 19.07.2018

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On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘clean energy’ package to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals, including a targeted revision of the 2010 Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). The Commission proposed to leave intact the main features of the existing EPBD, modernise and streamline some requirements, introduce binding obligations on electro-mobility requirements in buildings, introduce a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability of buildings in energy self-production and consumption, and set clearer requirements for national databases on energy performance certificates.

The Council adopted a general approach in June 2017. In Parliament the ITRE committee adopted its report in October 2017. After three rounds of trilogue negotiations, a provisional agreement was reached on 19 December 2017. After formal adoption by Parliament and Council in spring 2018, the revised EPBD was signed into law on 30 May 2018 and entered into force on 9 July 2018.

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Improving energy performance of buildings

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)

Barbara Kappel (EFN, Austria)

COM(2016) 765 30.11.2016

2016/0381 (COD)

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


Procedure completed.
Directive (EU) 2018/844

OJ L 156, 19.6.2018, pp. 75-91

EU Legislation in progress: Adoption

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