PlasticsEurope calls for more ambitious renovation targets in public building renovation

Reacting to an Industry Committee vote which took place on February 28, PlasticsEurope urges the European institutions to set the bar higher when it comes to public building renovation. Whilst the association welcomes the draft text as a step towards reaching the EU’s 20% energy savings target by 2020, it is worried of ITRE Committee’s decision to reduce the annual renovation rate from 3 to 2.5%.

« If accepted, this would reduce the number of renovated public buildings by approximately 100,000 per year », said Martin Engelmann, Advocacy Director at PlasticsEurope. « In the upcoming trialogue between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, PlasticsEurope will push for a higher renovation rate because this is key to reaching the EU’s energy and climate protection targets.”

Buildings account for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption. Thanks to thermal insulation, triple-glazed windows or cooling and heating systems, the plastics industry will have an important role to play in this regard. Over its use time, plastic insulation can save about 200 times the amount of energy consumed during its production. Replacing low performance window frames with high performance ones made of plastics would help save 40 billion kilowatt hours of energy per year, i.e. an amount of energy equivalent to the output of 5 large power stations.
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