Did you know that the building sector is the single largest energy consumer in the EU?
We spend a lot of our time indoors: at school, at work, at home. Often, the buildings we visit run on fossil fuel energy or are poorly insulated. Many are ill-suited to withstanding the effects of climate change such as floods and heatwaves.
To make our buildings more climate-friendly, we need to build better new structures, but also renovate those already standing, as most of them will still be in place for decades to come.
This is why the European Commission has announced a Renovation Wave to improve the energy performance of buildings across the EU. The goal is to double renovation rates by 2030 and ensure these lead to better energy- and resource efficiency.
This means that by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated, creating up to 160,000 new green jobs in the construction sector!
What will the Pact do?
- Share information and raise awareness about the multiple benefits of building renovation
- Encourage pledges and facilitate discussion throughout the supply chain
- Distil ideas for the new European Bauhaus
- Share guidance and technical assistance for local authorities and citizens
- Signpost funding opportunities, with specific help for vulnerable communities
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Learn more about EU action on climate and sustainability.