Following the approval by an extensive majority of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) by the EP on 17 April, the Council of the EU also approved the new legislation. With this approval, the EPBD becomes the first legislative act from the EC’s 2016 “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package to be adopted by the co-legislators.
The new legislation aims to increase the efficiency of the European building sector by introducing measures that are expected to enhance “the rate of building renovation towards more energy efficient systems and strengthen the energy performance of new buildings, making them smarter”.
The new Directive will now be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) and will enter into force 20 days thereafter. Member States will then have to transpose the new legislation into national law within 20 months.
The remaining seven acts that make up the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package are currently at different stages of the adoption process. Trilogues between the EC, EP, and the Council have already started for three of the proposed legislative acts, namely the new RES Directive, the Regulation on Governance of the Energy Union, and the new Energy Efficiency Directive. On the other hand, the co-legislators still need to agree on their respective common positions on the remaining proposed Directives and Regulations.