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Ladislav Ilčić: The timing for stricter energy directives for buildings is very poor

The ECR Group believes that the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) shouldn't be tightened in times of economic crisis and supply problems.

The proposal adopted today in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee to increase the rate of renovation and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions would require all new buildings to be zero-emission by 2028, while new buildings used, operated or owned by public authorities would be zero-emission by 2026. Where possible, all new buildings would also be equipped with solar technologies by 2028. Residential buildings will also have to meet a higher energy efficiency class. The ECR’s shadow rapporteur, Ladislav Ilčić, believes that this will make housing even more expensive and unaffordable for many given the current situation.

Mr Ilčić said:

“Whilst we agree that improving the energy performance of buildings is an objective that the EU must pursue, we disagree with the timing and content of the Parliament’s text.

“The provisions contained in the report – higher targets, tighter deadlines, additional obligations – will impose a heavy financial burden not only on Member States but also on European citizens.

“This comes at a time of economic crisis and financial uncertainty. For many of us, the effort to meet these ambitious targets will simply come at a price many can’t afford and will be counterproductive to the overall goal of improving the energy efficiency of buildings in a responsible and sustainable way.

“In addition, these measures often conflict with the need to preserve cultural heritage, whether privately or publicly owned. This is particularly the case where external thermal insulation is to be installed.”

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