As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, plans for recovery and the future are now set in place. These plans need to turn the challenges of today into the opportunities of tomorrow. Recovery must be focused on building a more competitive, sustainable and resilient economy that is able to create jobs and enable the transition in the built environment that is human-centric, green and digital.
The NextGenerationEU package offers a once-in-a-generation chance to shape our European economies and societies for the better, to renovate the existing stock of buildings and to make them better places to live and work, whilst being more energy and resource efficient. AIOTI Buildings Group supports the focus on digital and green technologies in the overall EU Recovery Fund package, particularly the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which will bring jobs and economic growth. In order for the recovery funds to make a real, long term impact for the European built environment, there is a need to fulfil the ambition of a carbon-free continent by 2050, backed by the full power of digital technologies.
Decarbonising the EU’s building stock through human-centric renovations will support job creation and sustainable growth, driving the economic recovery from the ongoing economic and health crisis. The building sector is the largest energy consumer in Europe, absorbing 40% of the final energy and producing about 36% of all greenhouse emissions. Across Europe, 75% of buildings are considered energy inefficient, and, depending on the Member State, only 0.4-1.2% of the building stock is renovated each year. If Europe is to fulfil its 2050 climate and energy goals, this rate will need to be doubled to reach 3% per year.
AIOTI Buildings Group believes that the foundation for an effective and ambitious Renovation Wave must be based on the following three principles:
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