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2022-01-24 | BPIE
Implementing the Paris Agreement and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of buildings: European public policies, tools and market initiatives
BPIE

The built environment offers significant carbon mitigation potential: decisive policy action will not only address the ongoing climate emergency we are facing, but will also directly reduce energy costs and improve security of supply, and has the potential to create widespread business opportunities and significant numbers of new, local jobs. Based on this context, the study presented in this report was developed at the request of the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) within the framework of the Specific Partnerships for Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA). This report discusses policies, tools and market initiatives aimed at reducing upfront emissions – that is, the embodied carbon associated with building construction, including the extraction and processing of materials.

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2022-01-20 | BPIE
EPBD Recast: New provisions need sharpening to hit climate targets
BPIE

This policy briefing finds that the European Commission’s December 15th EPBD recast proposal does not yet reflect the crucial role the EPBD should play within the Fit for 55 Package and within the greater narrative of securing energy independence. While it is welcome that many provisions are either introduced or open for modification, they will not deliver on the Directive’s objectives if the ambition is not set at the right level, and if measures are not made more stringent and coherent.  Ultimately, the scope of the EPBD recast proposal is incomplete, as the updated 2050 vision for the building stock only considers the operational phase of emissions from buildings. The long-term vision is also unbalanced, with a focus on reducing operational greenhouse gas emissions mainly through a full switch to renewables, while the “energy efficiency first” principle is not reflected in the outlined provisions. With the legislative process starting, there is now an opportunity to ensure the final Directive is improved and fully aligned with the EU 2030 and 2050 climate and energy efficiency objectives.

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2022-01-26 | Zsolt Toth, Jonathan Volt, Sibyl Steuwer
Roadmap to climate-proof buildings and construction – How to embed whole-life carbon in the EPBD
BPIE

Background: Climate change action is time critical. There is an immediate need to focus policy and market actions on emission reductions across the entire life cycle of buildings as these are very quickly using up the remaining carbon budget left before the tipping point of an irreversible climate crisis. This provides a compelling reason for policymakers to address all sources of carbon emissions from the buildings and construction sector, including both embodied and operational carbon – together referred to as “whole-life” carbon (WLC) emissions. Reducing embodied emissions is a global challenge that offers significant carbon reduction potential. Some countries in Europe (one of the leading regions addressing this challenge) have introduced policies to reduce whole-life carbon emissions from buildings and construction, with further national and EU-level initiatives expected in the near future. The ongoing review of key policy and legislative files provides a significant opportunity for the EU to begin consistently integrating WLC in the policy framework. About this roadmap: This roadmap for integrating WLC in the policy framework primarily focuses on the pending review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) but also makes links to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The cornerstones of how to fully decarbonise the European Union’s building stock along its entire lifecycle must be laid now. Member States but also private actors need guidance and security to direct investments and set the framework to steer the required actions and trigger innovation. Considering the next revision is only planned by end of 2027, the time to get this right is now. BPIE's new roadmap sets out the necessary steps to introduce WLC considerations and align the provisions of the EPBD with climate-neutrality goals.

2022-01-17 | Ivan Jankovic, Armin Mayer, Dan Staniaszek, Xerome Fernández Álvarez
Ready for carbon neutral by 2050? Assessing ambition levels in new building standards across the EU
BPIE

This BPIE report provides a close examination of six EU focus geographies shines a spotlight of wide-ranging discrepancies between EU countries in their approaches towards building sector decarbonisation, both in terms of consistency regarding the definition of ‘NZEB’ as laid out in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), and in terms of overall ambition levels.

2021-12-28 | ADEME
La climatisation dans le bâtiment

Les marchés de la climatisation ont connu au cours des dernières années une croissance soutenue qui a conduit à une progression constante des taux d’équipement. Pour les ménages, l’enquête réalisée à l’été 2020 a constaté un taux d’équipement de 25%. Dans le secteur tertiaire, toutes activités confondues, la proportion de surfaces climatisées est évaluée à 40 %, avec de fortes variations entre les différents secteurs.
Cet essor de la climatisation s’accompagne de la montée de la problématique de son impact environnemental. En effet, les équipements de climatisation agissent sur le climat au travers de leurs consommations énergétiques et via les émissions de GES des fluides frigorigènes chargés dans les équipements.
Les évolutions technologiques permettent d’envisager une amélioration du bilan environnemental des équipements et systèmes de climatisation. Mais la prise de conscience des utilisateurs, les conduisant à privilégier un usage raisonné des systèmes, constitue indéniablement une priorité pour les prochaines années. Augmenter la température d’ambiance dans un local climatisé, limiter l’usage de la climatisation aux périodes de fortes chaleurs et adopter les «bons gestes» conduisent immédiatement à des réductions très importantes des consommations énergétiques associées à ces systèmes.

2021-11-03
Underpinning the role of One-Stop Shops in the EU Renovation Wave - First Lessons Learned from the Turnkey Retrofit Replication
BPIE

BPIE published a report in the framework of the H2020 project Turnkey RetrofitUnderpinning the role of One-Stop Shops in the EU Renovation Wave - First Lessons Learned from the Turnkey Retrofit Replication.

This report discusses the replicability of the renovation journey and highlights 12 key recommendations for how the European Commission can support an effective roll-out of one-stop shops across the European Union.

Find more information and the full report here !

2021-06-30 | BPIE
Nearly Zero: A review of EU Member State implementation of new build requirements
BPIE

Since the beginning of 2021, all new buildings constructed within the EU must be nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs), according to Article 9 of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD). The Directive further stipulates that all new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities constructed after 31 December 2018 must be nZEBs. 

This briefing provides an overview of the status of implementation of Article 9 across EU Member States and insights into how nZEB standards in Member States are aligned with the requirements of the EPBD. The aim of this research is to inform ongoing policy discussions and consultations on the revision of the EPBD, as well as the wider EU climate policies and strategies, notably the EU Green Deal and 2050 climate neutrality strategy as they pertain to the building sector. 

Based on the information presented in this factsheet, there is a wide degree of disparity across Member States in terms of the implementation of the nZEB provisions in Article 9 of the EPBD. These differences are important considerations for EU policymakers as they look towards a revision of the EPBD, given the potential for nZEBs to contribute to the EU’s wider objective of a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. The factsheet concludes with a set of recommendations both for the European Commission and Member States.  

2021-06-17 | ADEME
Rafraîchir les villes, des solutions variées
ADEME

Le rafraîchissement urbain est un sujet récent et les connaissances produites par la recherche et les premières expérimentations donnent des résultats divers, parfois difficiles à décrypter pour les acteurs opérationnels.
Ce guide propose une approche synthétique, multicritères et opérationnelle des solutions émergentes ou éprouvées, adaptées à différents contextes climatiques et urbains. Il s’agit d’éclairer la décision des acteurs publics et privés, tant sur leurs choix d’aménagement, de construction, de rénovation des bâtiments que d’aménagement des espaces extérieurs.

Téléchargez la synthèse du guide ici!

2021-06-10 | BPIE
Introducing a carbon price on heating fuels – An effective signal for faster decarbonisation?

According to the Renovation Wave Strategy, the buildings sector must contribute a 60% emission reduction to achieve the EU’s 2030 climate target. This requires a steep increase of deep renovations from currently 0.2% to 3% annually and a well-designed bundle of policies to overcome the distinct barriers of the sector. To achieve ambitious reductions in the non-emissions trading system (ETS) sectors (to which buildings and transport currently belong), the introduction of an EU-wide CO2 price in the buildings and transport sectors is currently debated within the European institutions.

In particular, an introduction of an ETS for transport and buildings, either by extending the current EU ETS or by setting up a separate scheme for buildings and transport, is currently being discussed. Both options would imply a transfer of the compliance mechanism at least partly from the Member States to an Emissions Trading Scheme and the regulated parties, and thus a reform of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). Alternatively, national targets under the ESR could be strengthened to reflect the new climate protection targets.

This briefing shows the role of a carbon price to reduce carbon emissions in the buildings sector based on existing literature, market insights of the building sector and experiences from European countries. The paper then explains the implications for the design of a carbon price regime – either a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme – and the resulting changes to the compliance mechanism for carbon reductions in the building sector. 

2021-06-10 | Sibyl Steuwer, Janne Rieke Boll
Introducing a carbon price on heating fuels – an effective signal for faster decarbonisation?
BPIE

According to the Renovation Wave Strategy, the buildings sector must contribute a 60% emission reduction to achieve the EU’s 2030 climate target. This requires a steep increase of deep renovations from currently 0.2% to 3% annually and a well-designed bundle of policies to overcome the distinct barriers of the sector. To achieve ambitious reductions in the non-emissions trading system (ETS) sectors (to which buildings and transport currently belong), the introduction of an EU-wide CO2 price in the buildings and transport sectors is currently debated within the European institutions. In particular, an introduction of an ETS for transport and buildings, either by extending the current EU ETS or by setting up a separate scheme for buildings and transport, is currently being discussed. Both options would imply a transfer of the compliance mechanism at least partly from the Member States to an Emissions Trading Scheme and the regulated parties, and thus a reform of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). Alternatively, national targets under the ESR could be strengthened to reflect the new climate protection targets. This briefing shows the role of a carbon price to reduce carbon emissions in the buildings sector based on existing literature, market insights of the building sector and experiences from European countries. The paper then explains the implications for the design of a carbon price regime – either a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme – and the resulting changes to the compliance mechanism for carbon reductions in the building sector. This briefing shows the role of a carbon price to reduce carbon emissions in the buildings sector and looks at the implications for the design of a carbon price regime and the resulting changes to the compliance mechanism for carbon reductions in the building sector. https://www.bpie.eu/publication/introducing-a-carbon-price-on-heating-fuels-an-effective-signal-for-faster-decarbonisation/

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