Buildings at the center of the "Green Deal"

The European Commission aims at improving the efficiency of buildings to meet climate policies' targets

BRUSSELS - On 11th December Ursula von Der Leyen, recently elected president of the European Commission, presented the new European Climate plan called "Green Deal". Emblematically, this is one of the first acts of the new Commission and this stresses the importance of climate action for the new European government.

The Green Deal aims at reaching carbon neutrality in 2050 and thus promoting economic growth. To do so it foresees a program of massive public expenditure that crosses all sectors of European economy.

Buildings and the construction industry occupies a prominent position in this landscape. The document acknowledges that the annual renovation rate of building stock must double at least (currently it is between 0.4 and 1.2% in different Member States). Therefore an impressive "Renovation wave" is necessary to transform all European cities.

To reach this ambitious objective, the Commission foresees to enforce the legislation related to the energy performance of buildings in each Member States, taking more control on what each Member States is doing in this regard. The Commission will also review the Construction Products Regulation so that energy efficiency will be integrated in all products of the construction sector.

More actions should come in 2020 from a policy dialogue that the Commission plans to do with all the relevant stakeholders in this field. The outcome of this dialogue should be the overcoming of legislative and financial barriers to trigger the renovation wave. 

This may be an occasion for the Efficient Buildings Community to present the Mediterranean experience of Modular Projects and the policy position for an effective and inclusive transformation of cities in this area of the European Union.


Check the full text of the Green Deal