German liberals signal discontent with new EU green buildings law
(EurActiv, 8 Dec 2023) A newly-adopted compromise on the EU’s new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is already being met with some scepticism from German lawmakers, who fear that the law will interfere with domestic rules.
On late Thursday, EU negotiators struck a deal on the bloc’s new green buildings law. The watered-down compromise features a 2040 fossil boiler ban and has already sparked ire amongst German liberals – who’d been instrumental in the law’s neutering in the first place and have held a long-standing opposition to the proposal.
“The German government has succeeded in defusing the EU Buildings Directive. There will no longer be an obligation to renovate buildings,” said Daniel Föst, building policy spokesman of the business-friendly freedom party (FDP, Renew) on Friday (8 December).
But one key aspect of the compromise – the 2040 fossil boiler ban – does not sit well with his party.
“In the [German government] coalition, we agreed on an end to fossil-fuelled heating systems from 2045,” the liberal politician stressed. “The EU Buildings Directive must not be allowed to thwart German laws,” he added.
However, this is not the first time in 2023 that Germany’s fossil boiler phase-out rules have influenced Brussels’ policymaking.