European countries must quickly develop more ambitious plans for retrofitting buildings with energy efficiency measures, according to campaigners and a leading international council, writes Blue & Green Tomorrow.
With just six months left until EU nations must deliver their national renovation strategies, the Renovate Europe campaign and the World Green Building Council’s Europe Regional Network are urging governments to put forward ambitious strategies that they say will help lower energy bills and secure investment in jobs and growth.
As part of The Energy Efficiency Directive, every EU member state must publish a long-term plan for renovating their building stock to be more energy efficient by 30 April next year.
James Drinkwater, senior policy advisor of the Europe Regional Network, says, “Governments around Europe cannot afford to miss the chance to improve their economies and the lives of those who live, learn and work in Europe’s buildings. They must seize the opportunity.”
The network says that encouraging investment in the energy efficiency sector that could produce as many as two million jobs. They say that the industry is in a position where it could deliver instant success, but say long-term confidence is needed.