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EU deal sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

After a third round of talks, EU lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday (19 December) on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), firing the starting gun to renovate Europe’s entire building stock by 2050 so that it becomes “nearly zero emissions”.

Central to the agreement are long-term renovation strategies that all EU countries will be required to put in place.

The strategies, to be adopted at national level, will focus on building renovation investments in order to reach a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050, said the Estonian EU Presidency, which steered negotiations on behalf of the Council of the EU.

National plans will have to include milestones for 2030 and 2040 and define “measurable progress indicators” such as renovation rates or a cap on energy consumption per square meter. But the actual measures will be entirely up to national governments.

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