Published June 25, 2020
As we exposed in a previous article, buildings are one of the biggest energy consumers in the EU area. They are reported to consume 40% of the total final energy consumption and emit 36% of CO2. The EU Commission reports that, at present, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.
This is why it is urgent to optimise energy consumption of our buildings as they have a major impact on climate change. Indeed, according to the European Commission, the building sector is crucial for achieving the EU’s energy and environment goals.
The EU has established a legislative framework that includes the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU in order to:
- Achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050
- Create a stable environment for investment decisions
- Enable consumers and businesses to make more informed choices to save energy and money
The European Commission draws attention to the Directive amending the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2018/844/EU) which “introduces new elements and sends a strong political signal on the EU’s commitment to modernise the buildings sector in light of technological improvements and increase building renovations.”
Heating and cooling in buildings and industry
The European Commission underlines that heating and cooling in buildings and industry represent half of the EU’s energy consumption.
Here are some figures:
- Heating and hot water alone in EU households correspond to 79% of total final energy use.
- Cooling is less consumed than heating and hot water, but it tends to increase during summer months especially in the food industry.
- 70.6% of industry’s energy consumption was used for space and industrial process heating.
- 26.7% of industry’s energy consumption was used for lighting and electrical processes.
- 2.7% of industry’s energy consumption was used for cooling.
Finally, according to 2018 figures from Eurostat, 75% of heating and cooling is still generated from fossil fuels while only 19% is generated from renewable energy. The other 6% are generated from other power sources.
Why is it important to gain visibility into your heating installations?
A starting point to reduce the energy consumption and demand in buildings and industry is to gain visibility into heating systems. More visibility will be paramount for optimising heating systems resulting in a significant CO2 reduction. As you may know, bcheck is an opportunity to make the heating systems of your buildings visible through an online platform. This allows you to implement energy saving measures and also detect unexpected behavior through alerting.
Don’t forget that reduced energy consumption means reduced energy bills! And that’s one of bcheck‘s objectives: developping tools for helping building owners and tenants to reduce their energy bills fast, effectively and without hassle. Furthermore, as the EU promotes energy efficiency in buildings and industry as well as households, it is possible to benefit from governments’ incentives in this matter!
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European Commission, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Energy, Energy Efficiency, https://ec.europa.eu/energy/topics/energy-efficiency/energy-efficient-buildings/energy-performance-buildings-directive_en, Accessed 5 June 2020.
European Commission, Heating and Cooling, Energy, Energy Efficiency, https://ec.europa.eu/energy/topics/energy-efficiency/heating-and-cooling_en, Accessed 5 June 2020.