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Renovation Wave

Renovating both public and private buildings is an essential action and has been singled out in the European Green Deal as a key initiative to drive EE in the sector and deliver on objectives.

To pursue this dual ambition of energy gains and economic growth, in 2020, the Commission published the strategy “A Renovation Wave for Europe – Greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives” to boost renovation in the EU. It aims to double annual energy renovation rates in the next 10 years. Along with reducing emissions, these renovations will also enhance quality of life for people living in and using the buildings, and should create many additional green jobs in the construction sector.

The Renovation Wave identifies 3 focus areas:

  • tackling energy poverty and worst-performing buildings
  • public buildings and social infrastructure
  • decarbonising heating and cooling

The Renovation Wave initiative builds on:

  • the national Long-term Building Renovation Strategy
  • other aspects of the Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings
  • and building-related aspects of each EU country’s National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs)

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