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CT2 - 5th Plenary Meeting in Copenhagen

|   5. Highlights

Highlights Core Theme 2: RES Heat

Headline 1: RES in Buildings - Regulations and Other Measures

Buildings account for 40% of energy consumption in the EU, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is the EU’s main legislative instrument to promote energy efficiency in buildings, yet currently the EU renovation rate is less than 1%. The RED II sets a renewable energy target for the EU of at least 32% by 2030. Both the RED II (Article 15 – previously Article 13) and the EPBD (Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) and Article 2a) include legislation to ensure NZEBs and buildings undergoing major renovations integrate energy from on-site or nearby renewable energy sources. During the first two sessions of CT2, participating Member States provided an update on the status quo of implementation of Article 15 RED II (and Article 13 of RED).

Through the preliminary information collected through the Key Questions before the Plenary Meeting, participating experts came to the conclusion that building codes are not sufficient alone to help the integration of renewable energy sources in buildings. Currently, 35% of MS still need to include renewable energies in their building codes. Prosumers and energy communities could play a critical role in moving beyond NZEBs.

After an input of a representative from the CA EPBD, experts highlighted that closer collaboration is needed between CA EPBD and CA-RES to further exchange information on this issue. The second focus of the two sessions was on clarifying certain ambiguities in the RED II related to waste heat and cost-optimality. With input from DG ENERGY, participating Member States were able to better understand the new legislative revisions and thus support a more successful implementation of the RED and related legal texts.

Headline 2: Laying Future Foundations

From 2020, Article 23 RED II requires MS to increase the share of RE in the heating and cooling sector by an average 1.3% per year. This session facilitated an exchange of information between the participating MS on the main challenges - i.e. the need for harmonized national and EU calculation methodologies including waste heat, further clarity on the definition of renewable cooling as well as on how waste heat data will be monitored by Eurostat - for the transposition of provisions related to RES in the building sector. The participating experts highlighted the need to better understand the interlinkages between EED Article 7 and RED II Article 23.