Balancing the Energy equation: HOTREC’s views on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

On 31 August 2023, the European Parliament and the Council discussed a possible compromise for the proposal of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

In our recent position paper, HOTREC highlights the need for businesses, particularly SMEs, to receive support from the EU and governments for implementing vital infrastructural changes. Given the current geopolitical landscape, high energy and food costs, labour shortages, and ongoing COVID recovery, there’s little room for alternative options.

We also advocate for a gradual approach to achieving Minimum Energy Performance Standards, allowing businesses time to adapt. For instance, we propose that non-residential buildings attain at least energy performance class F by 2027 and class E by 2030, as opposed to class E by 2027 and class D by 2030.

Additionally, we believe that charging stations, bicycle parking spaces, and solar energy should not become mandatory at the EU level. To find out more about this subject, read this article by Ms Marta Machado, HOTREC’s Deputy Director General.

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