Building industry calls for European energy efficiency vision

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Leading businesses in the building sector have urged the European Commission to do more to improve the energy efficiency of Europe's building stock, pointing out that this would benefit the economy and the climate.
 
In a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice-President Frans Timmermans, 42 chief executives of major construction and building materials firms from across Europe called for a clear vision to put the ambition level of the Paris Agreement into practice and ensure that all buildings have a very high energy performance.
 
The business leaders said that a target of "Nearly Zero Energy" building stock by 2050 would provide an opportunity to create jobs and economic growth.
"It is clear that the Paris commitment cannot be honoured without drastically reducing energy consumption in our buildings; the EU building stock emits over one-third of our CO2 emissions, three-quarters of our buildings are inefficient, and up to four-fifths will still be in use in 2050," the letter stated.
 
"We need EU-wide action to drive the transformation of our inefficient building stock and make it a resilient component of the energy system of the 21st century."
 
The efficiency of new buildings has greatly improved over time and the average new building is now at least five times more energy efficient than an old building. But the reality is that over a third of the EU's building stock is more than 50 years old and most will still be standing in 2050.
 
Improving the energy efficiency of these existing buildings is essential if the EU is to meet its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2050.
 
Our company, KONsys is invited to the European Parliament of Enterprises, 13th of October 2016 to have a debate and voting session over sustainability issues involving future mandatory energy audits.
 
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