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EU agrees 2040 fossil boiler ban in revamped green buildings law
(EurActiv, 8 Dec 2023) Fossil fuel boilers will need to be completely phased out by 2040 and subsidies cut from 2025 as part of a political agreement reached by EU legislators on Thursday evening (7 December) to revamp the bloc’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The end objective is to make Europe’s entire building stock climate neutral by 2050, in line with the European Union’s aim of cutting emissions to net zero by mid-century.
“We have achieved something remarkable this evening. We created a blueprint for the transition towards a zero-emission building stock,” said Ciarán Cuffe, a green lawmaker from Ireland who was the lead speaker on the EPBD revision for the European Parliament.
Solar rooftops will also need to be deployed in all new residential buildings as of 2030 and fitted progressively elsewhere as part of a provisional deal between the European Parliament and the 27 EU member states in the Council of the EU.
Under the deal, all new buildings will have to be zero-emission as of 2030, an objective that is brought forward to 2028 for new buildings occupied or owned by public authorities.
Legal experts are now scrutinising the political agreement the Parliament and Council reached before it is sent back to both institutions for formal approval. The Parliament’s industry committee has tentatively scheduled a vote for 23 January 2024.
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