The Heating & Cooling Sector welcomes the European Parliament ambitious position on the EPBD
Brussels, 11 October 2017: The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), representing the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, welcomes the vote of the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) as a step in the right direction.
In particular, EPEE welcomes the improvements the ITRE Committee voted to reinforce the focus on building automation and control (BACs) and on technical building systems (TBS), which will lead to significant energy savings. EPEE nonetheless deplores that Members of the European Parliament were reluctant to support a unified mandatory approach to calculating the energy performance through the mandatory uptake of the recently approved EPB standards, as they are key to ensure a better enforcement of the EPBD.
Overall, EPEE welcomes the broad consensus Mr. Bentsen, Rapporteur on the text, managed to reach together with the shadow rapporteurs working on this file. This broad consensus strengthens the European Parliament’s position ahead of the trialogues with Members States, which promise to me be difficult. In particular, the discussion on “adequate advices” as alternatives to inspections of heating and cooling systems, which Member States have reintroduced in the negotiating mandates, will be challenging although evidence of alternative measures’ positive effects is questionable at best (according the Commission’s Impact assessmen and the national reports on alternative measures to the regular inspections).
“We now call for Members of the European Parliament and representatives of Member States to work together towards reaching a future-proof EPBD. In this sense, the heating and cooling sector calls policy-makers to take their time to achieve an ambitious agreement in trialogue that will deliver actual energy savings”, said Andrea Voigt, EPEE Director General.