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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Building energy renovation for decarbonisation and Covid-19 recovery is a recently published JRC study.
It contains information and datasets offering European and national decision-makers guidance on allocating renovation resources for maximum return, while ensuring a balanced regional development within the framework of the Renovation Wave and the national Recovery and Resilience Plans.
The study identifies the most critical European areas and it quantifies, for each European region, the energy saving potential of building renovation, as well as investment needs and impact on occupations.
Identified by a map-based description of the regional residential building stock, the energy saving potential is discussed along with further proposals to generate data at local level.
The JRC report can contribute to the implementation of Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) of the Member States.
Key factors that affect the energy consumption of buildings are climatic conditions and the quality of the building stock, in terms of energy efficiency (often dependent on the age of the building).
Access to finance for households and private investors, and the split incentive issue within multi-family buildings are among the barriers preventing the currently low renovation rates to increase across the EU. An analysis of these data identified two main types of critical areas in Europe:
The European Green Deal foresees to implement the ‘Renovation Wave’ strategy in the building sector, aiming to:
The Commission has also published the “Renovate” priority flagship component as part of its guidance to Member States on the preparation of the national Recovery and Resilience Plans.