Press release
Drive to Decarbonise Buildings Given a Welcome Boost :
Press release
Drive to Decarbonise Buildings Given a Welcome Boost :

EU Building Energy Efficiency Directive Clears Last Parliamentary Hurdle 

Brussels, 12 March 2024: The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), representing manufacturing companies and associations operating in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) industry in Europe, today celebrated Parliament’s plenary vote in favour of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). 

“This vote is a huge step towards decarbonisation of buildings,” said Russell Patten, Director General of EPEE. “It will drive renovation and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.” 

The EPBD is the main EU-level legal instrument for decarbonising building stock, providing a framework to achieve 2050 targets. The agreement allows Member States flexibility on how to deliver on the target of achieving the goals of the Directive, including zero-emission buildings by 2050, but requires reducing the average primary energy used in residential buildings. 

“As manufacturers of energy efficient heat pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, we want to express that our sector is ready to contribute to the decarbonization of our homes, commercial buildings, hospitals and schools,” said Patten. “We look forward to the successful implementation of EPBD at the Member State level.” 

For further information, please contact and visit our website (  EPEE will host an event on the implementation of EPBD on 20 March; details here.

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