The ERN response states:
‘Legally binding targets focus minds and give clarity to investors. Indicative targets do not. This lesson has been borne out by progress against the legally binding GHG and renewables targets for 2020 (on track) versus progress against the indicative energy efficiency target (not on track). It is our belief that the 2030 framework must be comprised of three ambitious and legally binding targets, not one, nor two.’
The Network’s response also highlights the significant potential within the energy efficient renovation of buildings as an important area for the 2030 framework to focus on, and the importance of the framework being part of a wider narrative towards 2050.
James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor to the Network, said, “Along with many other organisations that have seen the design of the 2020 framework fail in the important arena of energy efficiency, we are calling for three legally binding targets to give the market clarity going forward. Within the framework, a focus on establishing ambitious long-term national renovation strategies under Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive will be key for Europe’s jobs and growth agenda.”
The response also draws attention to the many additional elements of building sector performance which have the potential to be improved in addition to energy, and the need to ensure a streamlined and clear policy landscape for the environmental performance of this key sector.
In particular, alignment of 2030 climate and energy policy with the Commission’s upcoming ‘Communication’ on sustainable buildings is noted as crucial. This Communication will look at various other elements of sector performance – such as water and waste – which have a strong nexus with energy.