Embodied carbon & zero emission targets adopted in new EPBD
Passive House Plus editor Jeff Colley chaired a joint IGBC/European Parliament panel discussion on the recast EPBD in Dublin on 15 March. Pictured are (l-r) Jeff Colley; IGBC CEO Pat Barry; IGBC chair and Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan; Dublin MEP Ciará

Embodied carbon & zero emission targets adopted in new EPBD

All new homes in Europe must meet binding embodied carbon reduction targets and produce zero on site emissions by 2030, due to changes led by Irish Green Party MEP Ciarán Cuffe.

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Adopted on 12 April, the new recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive will also ratchet up requirements to retrofit Europe’s existing building stock, including mandatory minimum energy performance standards and binding retrofit targets for non-domestic buildings, and requirements for each country to reduce the average primary energy of their residential buildings – along with requirements for sustainable mobility including cycling and EV charging infrastructure.

The principal architect of the new directive, Green Party MEP for Dublin Ciarán Cuffe said: “This is an important step on the path to decarbonising buildings in the EU. In the coming years it will reduce energy bills, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and allow people to live in cleaner, greener, healthier homes.” With buildings responsible for around 40 per cent of the EU's energy consumption and 35 per cent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, the EU’s intention is expressed at the start of the directive’s first article, setting the context of “achieving a zero-emission building stock by 2050.”

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