A Report published today by the Coalition for Energy Savings “Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: Analysis of Member States plans to implement Article 5” reveals loopholes in implementation and a lack of political will to boost the renovation of central government buildings across the EU.
Out of the 28 EU Member States, 11 chose to implement Article 5 by adopting the default approach by renovating 3% of the total floor area for the buildings listed in their published inventory, and 17 by adopting the alternative approach (see Press Release Annex for map).
“The main objective of Article 5 is for the public sector, which has full control over its buildings, to lead by example and act as an important trigger to stimulate market transformation” explained Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE. “National governments should be setting the example for regional and local governments, and opening up the market for the residential and commercial building stock. Instead, Member States have reported confused or limited information, and no clear plan on renovations to be undertaken to achieve the required energy savings.”