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Zero-emission buildings by 2030

New rules to cut emissions and upgrade buildings for a sustainable future as EU greenlights bold building makeover to fight climate change


In a bid to combat climate change, the European Parliament has approved a plan to make buildings more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, backed by 370 votes, targets a significant reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector.

Key measures include ensuring that all new buildings are zero-emission by 2030, with public authority-owned structures achieving this by 2028. Solar installations will become mandatory in new and certain existing buildings, progressively rolled out based on size. Aiming for a greener future, member states are required to renovate the least energy-efficient non-residential buildings and decrease average energy use in homes by set percentages.

Additionally, the directive pushes for the decarbonization of heating systems and a phase-out of fossil fuels in heating and cooling by 2040. Financial incentives for stand-alone fossil fuel boilers will be prohibited after 2025, promoting the use of hybrid heating systems instead.

The overhaul doesn't apply to agricultural and heritage buildings, and EU countries have the flexibility to exempt certain structures based on architectural or historical significance.

In simpler terms, these changes are about making our buildings more environmentally friendly, reducing energy waste, and promoting greener heating options. It's a step towards a sustainable future, helping the environment and potentially saving money on energy bills.

[With information from CNA]

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