European Parliament’s final vote on energy performance of buildings directive
On April 17, 2018, the European Parliament approved the revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive.
The vote signals the closure of the first of 8 legislative proposals part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package brought forward by the European Commission on November 30, 2016.
This package is a key element of one of the Juncker Commission's priorities, “a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy". The changes agreed by the Parliament tap into the potential for efficiency gains in the building sector, the largest single energy consumer in Europe.
They include measures that will accelerate the rate of building renovation towards more energy efficient systems and strengthen the energy performance of new buildings, making them smarter.
Following this approval by the European Parliament:
- The Council of Ministers will have to finalise its formal agreement in an upcoming Council meeting in the coming weeks.
- This endorsement will be followed shortly by the publication of the text in the Official Journal of the Union, which will enter into force 20 days after publication.
- Member States will then have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months.