Highlights from the online debate: “The renovation wave – making a step change on the EU’s energy objectives” (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

Buildings are responsible for about 40% of the EU’s total energy consumption, and for 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions from energy. Renovation of the existing building stock has been recognised a priority by the many Member States, but progress has been slow. Only 1% of the building stock in the EU is undergoing renovation related to energy every year. At this pace, we would need centuries to cut carbon emissions from the building sector to net-zero.

The European Commission has decided to act and has recently published its Renovation Wave Strategy under the Green Deal.

In this FSR debate, FSR Professors Andris Piebalgs and Christopher Jones invited Stefan Moser (European Commission, DG ENER, Head of Unit) and Gaspard Demur (European Commission, DG ENER, Team Leader national renovation strategies and recovery) to give some impressions of the Renovation Wave and its relation to the Recovery Plan for Europe.

Read more here.