By 2050, all buildings in the EU must have zero gas emissions

Construction workers / Photo: "Sloboden Pechat"/ Dragan Mitreski

The Renewable Energy Directive aims to increase the share of energy produced from renewable sources in the EU economy. By 2030, 42,5 percent of the energy consumed in the EU will come from renewable sources, according to the targets set in the directive.

In order to encourage renewable energy sources throughout the economy and achieve the EU target, sector-specific targets have been set. Thus in buildings 42 percent of energy should come from renewable sources, in industry the use of renewable sources should increase by 1,6 percent per year, and in transport at least 29 percent of energy should come from renewable sources or the emission intensity of transport fuels should be reduced by 14,5 percent.

Using less energy means less greenhouse gas emissions, less pollution, more affordable energy for citizens.

In order to reduce the use of fossil fuels and gradually switch to cleaner energy, the EU adopted measures to support the use of renewable sources and low-carbon gases. The hydrogen and decarbonized gas package adopted in May 2024 aims to create a hydrogen market and achieve 40 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolysis capacity by 2030, AERS reports.

More than a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU are produced in the construction sector. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aims to make buildings in the EU more energy efficient by 2030 and beyond. The ultimate goal is for all buildings in the EU to be zero-emission buildings by 2050. To achieve these goals, the directive mandates a reduction in average energy consumption in residential buildings – at least 16 percent by 2030 and at least 20-22 percent by 2035. In addition, more infrastructure needs to be developed in buildings for bicycles and electric cars.

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