Coalition calls for EU building energy goals

Industry association says new EU legislation required to combat source of 40% of EU CO2 emissions

The EU could cut its total carbon dioxide emissions by over 12% through concerted action to improve energy efficiency in buildings, an association of companies specialised in the sector said yesterday. Residential, commercial and industrial buildings were responsible for 40% of all EU emissions and provided fertile ground for reductions at low cost, the group stressed.

Made by EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, the statement is based on a new report analysing technical and economic options for improving energy use, called Caleb II.

The EuroACE study concludes that double glazing and insulation of walls and roofs of buildings can cut emissions more cost-effectively than a range of alternatives, including renewable energy development and increased use of cogeneration. It also claims that full-scale refurbishment of buildings is more financially efficient than individual retro-fitting of measures.

The association welcomes yesterday's EU strategy on climate change (ENDS Daily 8 March), but says it is no more than "a step in the right direction" as far as building energy efficiency is concerned. According to EuroACE, formal adoption of the strategy's promised energy efficiency plan and a "clear timetable for implementation" are now essential.

Follow Up:
EuroACE, tel: +32 2 626 2090. The report, "The Cost Implications of Energy Efficiency Measures in the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from European Building Stock", is available from Caleb Management Services, tel: +44 1454 61 02 20.

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