The Heating & Cooling Sector welcomes the final adoption of the revised EPBD and calls EU Member States to ensure proper implementation
Brussels, 17 April: The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), representing the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, welcomes the European Parliament’s final adoption of the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and considers this to be a step in the right direction.
In particular, EPEE welcomes the improvements included in the final text to reinforce the focus on building automation and control (BACs) and on technical building systems (TBS), which will lead to significant energy savings. In addition, the recognition of the importance of inspections of heating, cooling and ventilation systems is a positive step towards ensuring that existing buildings contribute to the EU’s energy goals.
However, EPEE is disappointed that Member States and the European Parliament did not commit to these goals by introducing mandatory inspections and reintroduced “adequate advices” as alternatives to inspections of heating and cooling systems. This is especially disappointing given that the actual positive effects of alternative measures are questionable at best (according to the Commission’s Impact assessment and the national reports on alternative measures to the regular inspections).
EPEE also deplores that Members of the European Parliament as well as Member States were reluctant to support a unified mandatory approach to calculating the energy performance through the mandatory uptake of the recently approved EPB standards, as they are key to ensure a better enforcement of the EPBD.
“We now call for Member States and the European Commission to work together towards effectively implementing the measures agreed in the revised EPBD in order to deliver actual energy savings. The heating and cooling sector is ready to collaborate with policy makers to ensure that guidance is given to national authorities on the best ways of implementing and enforcing these critical measures for an energy efficient future”, said Andrea Voigt, EPEE Director General.
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The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 48 member companies, national and international associations.
EPEE member companies realize a turnover of over 30 billion Euros, employ more than 200,000 people in Europe and also create indirect employment through a vast network of small and medium-sized enterprises such as contractors who install, service and maintain equipment.
EPEE member companies have manufacturing sites and research and development facilities across the EU, which innovate for the global market.
As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies. Please see our website (www.epeeglobal.org) for further information.