The European Parliament together with Council of Europe They put Expiration date of fossil fuels inside homes: 2040. Fifteen years ago, the subsidies for gas boilers would have been good.
“This directive supports efforts to decarbonize all buildings across the Union,” the European Commission said in a statement.
With this new regulation, each Member State must adopt the regulation to comply with the channels established in Brussels. “National measures must ensure that at least a 55% reduction in primary energy use occurs through the rehabilitation of buildings with worse performance,” the community text points out.
For this They also need to reduce energy consumption in residential buildings by 16% in 2030 and between 20% and 22% in 2035., “Allows considerable flexibility depending on the particular circumstances of each country,” the Commission explained in the same note. “It is up to each Member State to choose the buildings and the purposes for which they will be used,” he added. “Gas has no future in our homes. Today’s EU decision tells governments to stop wasting billions on an old and polluting industry“said Davide Sabbadin, head of climate policies at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).
In the case of non-residential buildings, This review calls for a gradual improvement in efficiency through minimum standards. The new directive proposes to repair and improve energy in 16% of the worst buildings in 2030 and 26% of the worst buildings in 2033.
However, each country, assured Brussels, can exempt certain categories of houses and non-residential buildings from these obligations, including historic buildings or holiday homes.
For this change in the energy model of European families, the governments of each country “must encourage the changes and that they are aimed especially at the vulnerable customers and the worst performing ones building, where a greater proportion of poor households live. “warn of Council and Parliament.
Last year in Spain, more than four million people did not pay their energy bills on time and almost eight million did not maintain an adequate temperature in their homes, according to a study carried out by researcher from Chair of Energy and Poverty at Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
“This historic political change puts an end to this situation and marks the beginning of a transition towards clean heating,” explained Marco Grippa, program manager of the NGO Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS).
According to the Coolproducts report made by researchers from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the countries of the European Union subsidize fossil fuel heating with about 3.2 billion euros per year. “With half of that switch to heat pumps you can make Europe grow to 100% renewable heating by 2040“experts warn.
Before it becomes final, the European Parliament and national governments must endorse the agreement reached by their negotiators. The final step is to adapt it to the law of each Member State.