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.
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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