The construction sector is to receive a boost from a Commission strategy intended to improve the environmental performance of buildings, said Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship at the annual congress of the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC).
Tajani announced that the EU's goal to pursue 'nearly zero
energy buildings' was being achieved only very slowly, and that
greater effort would be needed to meet the substantial
The strategy, which is to be launched after the summer, will
will involve stimulating investment in renovation and maintenance
through loan gaurantees and project bonds. This comes after the
Commission's proposal at the end of May to increase the European
Investment Bank's lending capacity by €10bn to support small
construction companies. There were also moves to double cohesion
funding for sustainable energy, including building renovations, in
the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.
Funding energy efficient improvements in buildings remains a
large issue, with member states seemingly reluctant to put money
into teh sector. All members have been requested to report to
the Commission on domestic schemes in sustainable construction, but
so far only five have done so.
Besides financial issues, the Commissioner's new plan will aim
to promote mutual recognition of sustainable construction schemes
and continue working on indicators and standards on the
sustainability of construction products. Development of such
products may be stimulated by Green Public Procurement (GPP).
Discussion forums on sustainable construction with Africa and
Latin America will be launched to encourage GPP in emerging
For more on energy efficient buildings, click
here for the EU's webpage on the subject or visit FIEC.
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