The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) – the largest and most influential local-regional-global action network for the sustainable construction industry, published an open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to support more ambitious changes in the Energy Performance of Building Directive.
The ambitious revision of the directive aims to eliminate carbon emissions from Europe’s buildings. The Council wants MEPs to support these measures at an upcoming vote on Thursday, February 9th as the Energy Performance of Building Directive enters a final stage.
The coalition wants the EU policy to address both operational and embodied emissions of buildings, known as Whole Life Carbon. Currently, it covers only operational emissions. According to the World Green Building Council, without addressing both sources of greenhouse gases it is inconceivable that the EU will be able to achieve its climate targets.
The letter also calls for accelerating building renovation and addressing the energy use and efficiency via the introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standards and harmonization of Energy Performance Certificates.