The Decarbonisation of Buildings: Turning Ambition into Action
The Decarbonisation of Buildings: Turning Ambition into Action :

Join us 20 March at 10am CET for a webinar on the framework and implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and other Green Deal filesRegister here.

Following the deal struck on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the EU policy framework to decarbonise energy systems is now complete. However, implementing the Green Deal package is no small task, and will be a new challenge for Member States. To avoid diminishing the level of ambition reached in Brussels, we must keep the discussion alive with national and regional authorities. This session provides wide-ranging views on setting the framework for implementing EPBD and highlights the range of solutions from the RACHP sector.


Introductory remarks | Stefan Moser, Head of Unit, DG ENER B3

Setting the framework for decarbonisation of buildings, moderated by EPEE Policy Manager Manon Roussel

  • HVAC designer view on EPBD, concerning new and existing buildings | EPB Center – Johann Zirngibl
  • Letting the sunshine in: New provisions on solar rooftops and solar thermal energy for buildings | SolarHeatEurope – Valérie Séjourné
  • How to empower citizens in the switch to renewables at home: the gap-o-meter of support | EEB – Davide Sabbadin

National and local implementation: challenges and solutions, moderated by EPEE Director General Russell Patten

  • Integration of renewable energy in district heating and cooling networks, and the role of large heat pumps | EHPA – Jozefien Vanbecelaere 
  • The decarbonisation of all buildings: Heating and cooling solutions for commercial buildings from the RACHP sector EPEE Energy Efficiency Environment Working Group Chair – Christina von Westernhagen

If you missed the event, please find the full deck of slides here.

In addition to insightful presentations from all speakers, Laetitia Aumont (EEB) mentioned new EPBD provisions on one-stop shops and energy communities as key enablers of buildings decarbonization. NGOs and industry representatives agreed on the importance of the Heat pump action plan, which publication is now delayed until the European elections at least, and to address at Member State level the electricity to gas price ratio. Valérie Séjourné pointed out the necessity to put heating and cooling on the agenda, while still acknowledging the full diversity of technologies.

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