EPBD: the moment of truth
4th of January is an important date for the Energy Performance of
Buildings Directive. That date is intended to be the moment at which
the Member States have implemented the Directive.
ago Member States agreed that this Directive is a cornerstone in
the strategy to reduce energy consumption in the European Union.
The recent Green
Paper on Energy Efficiency has reiterated its importance and
the additional energy savings possible in the buildings sector.
With the date approaching, the European Commission is somewhat concerned
over the lack of progress in the national implementation in a number
of Member States.
Given the importance
of the EPBD, the Commission will follow-up this Directive closely.
It is already devoting a lot of resources to help Member States
implement correctly. The first thing all Member States must do now
is formally notify to the Commission their national implementing
measures by the beginning of January, even if they only partially
implement the Directive.
There are many
expectations surrounding the EPBD. Let us work together to make
it deliver soon on its big energy savings potential by correct implementation
throughout the European Union!
EC DG TREN - EPBD team
in Implementation of the EPBD require a Change of Strategy for the
we first proposed this Concerted Action to the Commission and the
MS, more than 2 years ago, it was already clear that most MS were
facing a serious challenge and many difficulties to transpose and
implement the EPBD. The status of implementation on this day, the
well-known 4 January 2006 deadline, is however far beyond our most
pessimistic expectations. A scenario where the MS with their plans
fully ready could be counted on just a few fingers of a single hand
never crossed our minds.
Of course, this just confirms the need for the CA. If so many doubts
still persist even after so many ideas have been exchanged, where
would we be without our regular discussions? But this also shows
that more discussions are still needed on topics that we thought
would be concluded by now. This of course calls for a change in
strategy for the CA meetings during the second half of its duration.
With almost no field work on certification and inspections during
2006, there will be no chance to discuss topics about lessons learned
planned for 2007.
In Nicosia, the most urgent topics, those that need discussion on
topics still under consideration by many MS, have already been identified.
They will be scheduled for discussion in Budapest in May. The same
type of exercise needs to continue in each meeting, to try to keep
track of progress and urgent needs in all the MS.
I wish a Happy and Fruitful New Year 2006 for all.
for the Steering group
webzine issue: #10 - January 2006.
All contributions welcome.
Deadline to submit your proposal: 23 January 2006.