Buildings are responsible for 40% of the EU’s final energy and 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions – more if the life cycle impacts of construction materials are included. This briefing sets tests for proposed legislation across the Fit for 55 package and beyond for getting on track to climate neutrality.

Drawing on these opportunities and challenges, E3G sets out four tests for the Fit for 55 package and other European Green Deal policy and legislation to meet, with recommendations for meeting these four tests:

  • Rapidly increase the rate and depth of renovation, and make new buildings future-fit
  • Prioritise smart and efficient decarbonisation of heating and cooling
  • Secure a fair, affordable and inclusive buildings transition
  • Harness buildings to accelerate wider transformation

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