Shallow renovation not suitable to achieve EU’s 2050 climate objectives for the building sector

Published: 05/11/2012

A so called ‘shallow renovation track’, showing high speed of renovation but a low energy efficiency ambition level, would completely miss the EU`s 2050 objective on reduction of CO2-emissions in the building sector and fall short on energy savings, while not providing substantial economic advantage, says a new Ecofys study.

On the other hand, a ‘deep renovation track’, combining a focus on energy efficiency with high use of renewables can be considered as a financially viable route, meeting CO2-targets while showing the lowest energy consumption and offering the largest job creation potential of the assessed tracks. Giving clear guidance and developing suitable policies for deep renovation of the building stock can therefore be seen as an important step of the EU to meet its long term climate objective while providing significant energy savings.

The report commissioned by Eurima, the European Insulation Manufacturers Association, analysed three different scenarios for the renovation of the EU building stock by quantifying energy savings, avoided CO2 emissions, but also financial and employment effects.

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