"PU EUROPE members believe there is overwhelming scientific evidence for human induced climate change, primarily as a result of increased carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial age began. The increased use of insulation in buildings, which account for approximately 40 % of carbon dioxide emissions, will help in our fight to reduce these emissions and help prevent severe potential future impacts of climate change. PU Europe members help this cause with the production of PUR/PIR which is one the most highly efficient insulation on the market."
Increasing the energy efficiency of Europe’s new and existing buildings provides very substantial benefits regarding all three pillars of sustainable development:
- Buildings account for almost 40 %1 of the EU’s overall energy use. Minimising their energy demand will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and hence contribute to mitigating climate change.
- Every year, the EU transfers about €420 billion to third countries to cover its fossil fuel needs. Making Europe’s buildings more efficient will contribute to using a substantial part of this amount to stimulate the local economy, generate higher government revenues through additional tax income, and lower the energy bills of consumers.
- About 19 local jobs are created for each €1m invested in energy efficiency. Moreover, making buildings energy efficient contributes to avoiding fuel poverty.
PU Europe has played an active role in helping to shape ambitious policies through the Energy performance of buildings directive and the Energy efficiency directive. As a result, all new buildings must have nearly zero energy demand from 2021 onwards. However, Europe’s climate goals for 2050 cannot be achieved unless the energy demand of the 210 million existing buildings is reduced by 80 % by that date. Comprehensive national renovation strategies as defined in the Energy Efficiency Directive are a prerequisite to achieve this. With this in mind, PU Europe is a partner of the Renovate Europe campaign which promotes the benefits of building renovation.
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- Loebel, Oliver: Highly energy efficient buildings - prerequisite for smart cities (Parliament Magazine, Issue 432, 18 April 2016, page 31)
- PU Europe response on EED consultation (February 16)
- PU Europe comments on the Energy Union Package (COM(2015) 80 final) (March 15)
- PU Europe comments on the Commission Communication COM(2014) 520 final Energy Efficiency and its contribution to energy security and the 2030 Framework for climate and energy policy (September 14)
- PU Europe reaction to the Public consultation on the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework (April 2014)
- PU Europe response to the Green Paper on EU post 2020 Climate and Energy Policy (July 13)
- PU Europe comments on Energy Technologies (February 13)
- PU Europe comments on the consultation on the Future of the IEEP (September 12)
- PU Europe comments on Energy Efficiency Directive (EC proposal) (September 11)
- PU Europe comments on the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 (April 11)
PU Europe factsheets
- PU and Very Low Energy Buildings
- Insulate - Tackling Climate Change Cost-effectively: Implement current legislation with ambition (April 08)
- Insulate - Tackling Climate Change Cost-effectively: Taking an active approach to very low energy buildings (April 08)
- Insulate - Tackling Climate Change Cost-effectively: More focus on support schemes (April 08)
- Insulate - Tackling Climate Change Cost-effectively: Lead by example in public buildings (April 08)
- Efficient Insulation - The key to effective Thermal Protection in Summer (October 07)
PU Europe reports
- BPIE: Alleviating Fuel Poverty in the EU - Investing in home renovation, a sustainable and inclusive solution (May 2014)
- Ecofys for Eurima: “Deep renovation of buildings - An effective way to decrease Europe’s energy import dependency” (May 2014)
- Fraunhofer: Analysis of a European reference target system for 2030 (report to the Coalition for Energy Savings) (October 13)
- Coalition for Energy Savings: EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) - Guidebook for Strong Implementation (July 13)
- Analysis of Different Scenarios for Achieving 80 % Energy Saving in EU's Building Sector (June 13)
- Copenhagen Economics for Renovate Europe: Multiple benefits of renovation in buildings (October 12)
- Ecofys for Eurima: Renovation tracks for Europe up to 2050 (June 12)
- EEIF: A survey of the employment effects of investment in energy efficiency of buildings (May 12)
- EPBD Recast Toolkit (Cost-optimality, Energy Performance Certificates, Finance, Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, Training) (September 11)
- BPIE: Europe’s buildings under the microscope - A country-by-country review of the energy performance of buildings (October 11)
- Commission Communication COM(2011) 109 final “Energy Efficiency Plan 2011” (March 11)
- European Parliament Report on Revision of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan (December 10)
- Energy Efficiency Industry Forum: 5Cs for Energy Efficiency. The cornerstone of a viable Energy Policy for Europe (July 10)
- Environmental improvement potentials of residential buildings (September 08)
- The Mc Kinsey Quarterly. A cost curve for greenhouse gas reduction (2007)
1 Commission Communication COM (2011) 109 final “Energy Efficiency Plan 2011” (page 7)