Better buildings can play a decisive role in addressing the biggest challenges facing the European Union in the coming years, but this requires a proper coordination structure at the EU-level to maximise the societal benefits of sustainable renovation.
In a White Paper drawn up by Eurima (the European Insulation Manufacturers Association), policies affecting one of the most important sectors of the EU economy, the building and construction sector, should be coordinated by one European Commission Vice-President overseeing the work of all relevant Commission departments.
In the European Parliament, the creation of a dedicated discussion platform will allow for a coordinated exchange on the building and construction sector, it argues.
Finally, all EU legislation and funding must be Paris compatible and the impacts on the climate emergency need to be incorporated in all impact assessments to make sure Europe meets its climate commitments.
Eurima supports an EU sustainable building stock by 2050 and is fully committed to realising this vision through positive engagement with all interested policymakers and stakeholders.
The association is convinced that under the right regulatory framework and with the right support instruments, energy efficient and healthy buildings with mineral wool insulation will play a vital role in building a sustainable Europe through improving the energy efficiency of buildings, increasing acoustical comfort and lowering resource consumption.
Eurima prepared this white paper in order to promote the quality of new and renovated building across EU, since no overall climate, energy, circular-economy or health objective will be achievable without tapping the potential of Europe’s buildings.
To reach the goal, an inclusive, coordinated, cross-sector approach to policy development and implementation is essential.
Along with finance and digital technology, policy and regulation will be key enablers for transforming the building sector to meet our sustainable development objectives.
The backbone of the future strategy will be: make renovation happen, introducing an affordable and comfortable homes plan to phase out the worst energy performing buildings and build and renovate sustainably, also developing an EU-wide open standard for information on the content of construction products, encouraging the use of non-toxic and recyclable materials.