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Decarbonising our buildings

image credit: In this first episode of Policy Dispatch, we take a deep dive into buildings and the need to accelerate their decarbonisation, with Member of the European Parliament Ciarán Cuffe.
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From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Policy Dispatch is a podcast all about the policies that underpin the global energy transition.

Buildings are a crucial piece in the jigsaw of the energy transition, one that is often overlooked. The EU’s building stock is responsible for as much as 40% of the bloc’s energy consumption, and for 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions.



The EU is updating its rules on energy performance of buildings at a critical time, since Russia’s war on Ukraine is putting EU’s gas supply at risk. In the first episode of Policy Dispatch, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy’s new podcast, we take a deep dive into these questions with MEP Ciarán Cuffe, the EU lawmaker responsible for the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

We will look into the need for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), possibly “the most important part” of this revision according to Cuffe, as well as how he is ensuring that the review of the EPBD aligns with other key EU legislation currently under revision.

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Matt Chester on Sep 9, 2022

This will likely be too little and too slow to really help with the European winter, but it does thus go to show that the time to prepare for efficiency measures isn't when they're needed but well ahead of time and constantly prioritizing them, never knowing when that crunch might be imminent

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