Buildings today are responsible for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption and have become a key challenge to achieve energy saving objectives. Public buildings have to set an example as they have a savings potential of up to 35%, maintaining the same degree of comfort. Thanks to EC-financed projects such as EPLACE and TEDS4BEE, the achievement of these savings will lead to a more efficient, sustainable and cleaner Europe to the benefit of all.
Energy efficiency has been one of the key commitments for achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. A number of European directives and national policies have been published that aim to achieve three goals: a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; achieving 20% production from renewable sources; and increasing energy efficiency by 20%. These targets could become more ambitious for the 2030 horizon, setting threshold objectives of almost 30%.
The 2012 Directive on energy efficiency (2012/27/EU) and the Directive on the energy performance of buildings (2010/31/EU) place emphasis on the example to be set by the public sector and encourage each Member State to establish more ambitious objectives for buildings occupied by public authorities. Spain has an electricity consumption saving and efficiency plan – Horizon 20151 and a more general savings and energy efficiency action plan for 2011-2020. Read more…
EPLACE and TEDS4BEE projects communication team
Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2015