German industry launches last-minute bid to salvage EU buildings law
(EurActiv, 10 Oct 2023) Germany’s two most influential business associations, BDEW and BDI, have launched a last-minute push in support of the EU buildings directive, in a bid to persuade lawmakers to adopt an ambitious stance on housing renovation.
The revision of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive – the legal framework to boost renovation on the path towards a climate-neutral building sector – is heading closer to the finish line, with decisive talks scheduled for 12 October.
But just as Germany, Italy, and other EU countries are pushing to water down the directive, German industry associations have come out in favour of maintaining a high level of ambition.
“Together with their member companies, BDEW and BDI support the goal of a climate-neutral building stock in Europe,” says a letter co-authored by the two heavyweight German industry associations.
In their letter, the two business groups urge German centre-right lawmakers in the European Parliament, Angelika Niebler and Christian Ehler, to support mandatory renovations for the worst-performing buildings.