Priority to investments in building renovation

Ecologic released a think piece addressing the need to invest in building renovation through the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility. It is aimed to provide a basis for discussion between stakeholders and policy makers.

Why focusing on building sector?

  • The building sector is responsible for 27% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the European Commission, building renovation rates must double to contribute to the envisioned 55% emission reduction by 2030.
  • It will help us to achieve a fair and sustainable recovery: the International Energy Agency (IEA 2020) and Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE 2020) both predict about 18,000 jobs per billion euros invested.
  • Also, it is crucial to improve the quality of our building stock to address indoor air quality and energy poverty.

In this paper, Ecologic use the case for earrking a minimum share of the Recovery Resilience Facility to finance in-depth building renovations.  These funds should be allocated in function of the building sector’s share of total GHG emissions, in line with the EU’s green recovery commitments and the requirement to spend 37 % of the Recovery and Resilience Facility grants and loans on climate-related investments.

First, this think piece addresses the question “Why buildings are a linchpin for climate action and a green recovery?” and then suggests benchmarks for Recovery Resilience Facility funding to go to building renovation.


First ENERGee-Watch Annual Meeting at the European Conference – Energy and GHG observation: supporting the transition towards sustainable energy regions

The first annual meeting of ENERGee-Watch will be held during the European Conference: “Energy and GHG observation: supporting the transition towards sustainable energy regions” in Lyon, next December 17 in occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Rhône-Alpes Energy and Greenhouse Gases Regional Observatory (OREGES).
The Conference will be an opportunity for the ENERGee-Watch Members to discuss about the future development of the Network.

Data-driven model for energy meters for heat consumption

Read this RELaTED paper presenting a data-driven model to better assess domestic heat consumption.

Observatory! Nord-Pas-de-Calais Climate Observatory, FR

The Nord-Pas de Calais Climate Dynamic brings together the Regional Council, the French State (DREAL, Direction Régionale de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement), the Departmental Council of Pas-de-Calais, the Departmental Council of Nord and the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency).

Report on the key GHG & Energy figures from the Rhône-Alpes regional Observatory

The team of the Rhône-Alpes regional Observatory has published their latest report (in French) on the key figures on energy consumption and GHG emissions by sector (industry, transport…), in their region: