Warning of "buildings energy crisis" in EU-10

Buildings in the EU's ten new member states consume a quarter more energy than their counterparts in the old EU-15, according to a study by insulation makers' trade body Eurima. Director general Horst Beidermann warned that the former centrally-planned economies faced "imminent environmental and social crisis" as fuel prices rise and governments phase out building energy subsidies. Eurima is calling for a redirection of EU structural and cohesion funds to finance building insulation, plus reforms to the EU's energy performance of buildings directive (EED 16/03/05). See Eurima press release, and report.

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