EUROPE: The preliminary agreement between the European Parliament and the Council to strengthen the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive calls for a complete phase-out of fossil fuel boilers by 2040.

The EPBD agreement requires net-zero fossil fuel emissions for all new buildings by 2030 and for all buildings by 2050.

The deal will help the EU phase out fossil fuel boilers. From 1 January 2025, subsidies for the installation of stand-alone fossil fuel boilers will no longer be permitted. complete phase-out of fossil fuel boilers by 2040.

Subsidies for the installation of off-grid fossil fuel boilers will no longer be allowed from 1 January 2025. According to the European Commission, the revised directive introduces a clear legal framework for Member States to set requirements for greenhouse gas heat generators. emissions, the type of fuel used or the minimum share of renewable energy used for heating.

The deal was welcomed by the European Heat Pump Association. Secretary General Thomas Nowak said: “Setting a date to phase out fossil fuel heating in European buildings provides crucial clarity for consumers and charts a path forward for the heating sector. This makes any investment in heat pump solutions a sustainable choice for the future.”

A strengthened EPBD will support EU efforts to decarbonise buildings across the Union. The deal will also improve Europe’s energy independence in line with the REPowerEU plan and provide a strong business case for the green buildings sector in the EU.

The revised directive will make zero-emission buildings the new standard for new buildings. Under the agreement, all new residential and non-residential buildings must have zero on-site fossil fuel emissions starting January 1, 2028 for publicly owned buildings, and starting January 1, 2030 for all other new buildings, with specific exceptions possible. .

Each EU Member State will adopt its own national pathway to reduce average primary energy consumption in residential buildings by 16% by 2030 and 20-22% by 2035, allowing sufficient flexibility to take into account national circumstances. Member states are free to choose which buildings to attack and what measures to take.