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EU member states urged to step up building renovation plans

6 November 2013 No Comment

EU member states have been urged to step up their plans for the creation of more energy-efficient buildings.

A press release submitted by Renovate Europe and the World Green Building Council has reminded EU nations that they now have just six months to until they have to deliver a long-term strategy on building renovation.

Energy-efficiency strategy could create 2 million new jobs across Europe

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According to e2bpulse.co.uk, the statement made it clear that the technology already exists for Europe to retrofit buildings successfully.

It claimed that a defined energy-efficiency strategy could create an estimated two million new jobs across Europe, as well as helping the EU meet its strict energy-efficiency targets for 2020.

Renovate Europe has also argued that the retrofitting of buildings offers Europe its brightest chance of dramatically reducing its wasted energy, claiming that governments could receive five times whatever they spend on renovations back in savings.

Governments around Europe must seize the opportunity

James Drinkwater, who is senior policy advisor of Europe Regional Network, described these energy efficiency strategies as an opportunity that Europe couldn’t afford to miss. Speaking to blueandgreentomorrow.com, he said:

“Governments around Europe cannot afford to miss the chance to improve their economies and the lives of those who live, learn and work in Europe’s buildings. They must seize the opportunity.”

Britain has already made significant steps towards matching EU energy efficiency targets with the introduction of the Green Deal.

Author: Joe Elvin    Date Written: 06 November 2013

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