European Parliament adopts plan to decarbonise the buildings sector

The European Parliament has adopted the revised text of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions from the buildings sector to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

The Directive outlines that all new buildings should be zero-emission as of 2030, and those occupied or owned by public authorities should be zero-emission as of 2028, which also concern newly built cultural venues.

Exemptions are foreseen for heritage buildings, while EU countries may decide to also exclude buildings protected for their special architectural or historical merit, temporary buildings, churches and places of worship.

By 2050 already existing buildings should be transformed into zero-emission buildings. If technically and economically suitable, Member States would have to deploy solar installations progressively in public and non-residential buildings, depending on their size, and in all new residential buildings by 2030. Member States must also outline how they will adopt measures to decarbonise heating systems, with the aim to phase out fossil fuels in heating and cooling by 2040.