This article is part of EURACTIV’s special report Healthy buildings: Good for our wallets?.
Nearly half of Europe’s energy is used up by buildings but new rules adopted by the EU earlier this year wants to inject efficiency en masse into the sector and improve massively the edifices in which we live and work. EURACTIV spoke with the lawmaker behind the new legislation.
Bendt Bendtsen is a Danish MEP with the European People’s Party. He was lead rapporteur on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which in May was the first legislation from 2016’s Clean Energy Package to be adopted.
He spoke to EURACTIV’s Sam Morgan.
You successfully helmed the revision of the EPBD but now that it has formally been adopted, what are the next steps?
For the first time, I think we’ve really got the commitment from member states to propose long-term renovation strategies and milestones. Getting them on board made me really happy because what we’ve often seen is countries saying ‘yes, yes, yes’ at climate summits like Paris in 2015 and then ‘no, no, no’ during the negotiations here in Brussels. But we’ve got a very good directive now. The ball’s in their court and it’ll be up to the Commission to keep an eye on what’s going on. Member states are going to have to implement it in their own legislation.