Energy Policy

EU, IUT and Energy

A key policy area

The EUs energy policy is one of the key areas where the IUT is actively working to watch and enhance the interests of the tenants across Europe. The EU webpage Clean Energy for all Europeans gives the background.

At the end of 2016, a revision of the energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) and energy efficiency directive (EED) opened the new round of EU energy legislation.

These directives form the framework for national energy legislation on new construction and renovation building standards, like passive houses, low and zero energy houses as well as energy performance certificates. Therefore, they will directly affect the costs of housing. Part of the directives is also the training of tenants and residents in energy saving measures. National energy efficiency action plans can be found here.  Funding is also available for energy projects, details can be found here.

As key stakeholder at EU level, IUT will formally contribute to the legislative process, encouraging member unions to participate in the relevant hearings, workshops and meetings with the EU institutions. IUT will also continue to explore opportunities to join EU founded Projects.

On 19 December 2017, representatives from the Estonian Presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the revised Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). This provisional political agreement was confirmed on 31 January by the EU ambassadors and on 23 February by the Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee (ITRE). The text will now have to be formally adopted by the Parliament in plenary sitting on 17 April and then by the Council. After formal approval, the Directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU, and it will enter into force twenty days later. The transposition period for this legislation is 20 months.

The main objective of the revised Directive is the decarbonisation of the existing building stock by 2050. It promotes cost-effective renovation works, introduces a smartness indicator for buildings, simplifies the inspections of heating and air conditioning systems and also promotes electro-mobility by creating parking spaces for electric vehicles

The latest news from the EU on energy policy is available here.

EU Policy on Energy

The European Union’s energy policies are driven by three main objectives:

  • to secure energy supplies to ensure the reliable provision of energy whenever and wherever it is needed
  •  to ensure that energy providers operate in a competitive environment that ensures affordable prices for homes, businesses, and industries
  • to ensure energy consumption is sustainable, through the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and fossil fuel dependence.
DG Energy

The Directorate-General for Energy is responsible for developing and implementing a European energy policy under the political guidance of the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

The Directorate General develops and implements innovative policies aimed at:

  • contributing to setting up an energy market providing citizens and business with affordable energy, competitive prices and technologically advanced energy services
  • promoting sustainable energy production, transport and consumption in line with the EU 2020 targets and with a view to the 2050 decarbonisation objective
  • enhancing the conditions for safe and secure energy supply in a spirit of solidarity between EU countries ensuring a high degree of protection for European citizens

A selection of news and papers relating to energy policy:

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