There is not much time to achieve the goal of the European Green Deal, namely climate neutrality by 2050.Builders, owners, operators and users of buildings will be faced with this challenge in the near future. Siemens has the answers and can help you make your building climate-friendly.
With the EU Green Deal, the European Commission is striving to give major impetus to its activities focusing on climate neutrality, the protection and preservation of natural resources, biodiversity and public health.
The goal is climate neutrality by 2050.
This will have a huge impact on the construction and renovation of buildings. Within the EU, around 40% of total energy consumption is attributable to buildings – the potential savings here are enormous.
In order to reinforce its ambitions and speed up building renovations that focus on climate and energy aspects, the EU tightened existing regulations and also defined new legislation in mid-2021 as part of the “Fit for 55” package, with the goal of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to the figures recorded in 1990. This will have a huge impact on builders, owners, operators and users of existing buildings. In Austria, 16 individual laws are being passed and financial incentives introduced to ensure that EU legislation is in harmony with the goals for 2030. In addition to the 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the “Fit for 55” package includes an increase in the share of renewable energy used in the building sector from the current figure of 32% to 49%. Furthermore, energy efficiency goals have been redefined – 36% for final energy consumption and 39% for primary energy consumption. Finally, the public sector in the EU member states is now also obliged to renovate at least 3% of the total floor area of all public buildings annually (heating, ventilation, air conditioning). As a result, we already have to make significant progress by 2030 if we are to meet the goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
Measures for a climate-neutral future
Based on these objectives, there are several measures that building operators will have to address in coming years on the path towards a climate-neutral future, namely decarbonisation, fighting energy poverty and renovating public and private buildings.
That is why the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was again updated and tightened in 2020 in order to push forward with establishing intelligent infrastructures during building renovations and reducing final energy consumption. The stated goal here is a tripling of the number of building renovations in the near future.
What does this mean for building owners?
What is currently recommended only will become part of binding regulations in the foreseeable future. What is certain is that the requirements laid out in the European Green Deal are already having a tangible impact – or will have by 2025 at the latest. Some of them only affect the owner of the building, others only the users, and a few requirements concern both. As the time for implementing the “Fit for 55” package is very short and the goals are ambitious, rapid action is needed.
The requirements for the intermediate goals detailed in the “Fit for 55” package by 2030 or for climate neutrality by 2050 can only be reached together in Austria and in Europe by implementing targeted measures.
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The stipulations in the European Green Deal mean building owners and managers are faced with a range of different requirements.
Examples include the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the integration of e-mobility, sustainable reporting including the monitoring of consumption, and the benchmarking of buildings. Our experts have the right answers to meet these requirements and support customers comprehensively when analysing their individual situation. As a global corporation with extensive know-how in the fields of building management, automation, digital services and many others, we go decisive steps further. Following a detailed analysis of the building, the technical building infrastructure and the automation already in place within the building, we assess the current state before presenting some tailored, customer-specific solutions with a realistic schedule.
Which technical measures have to be taken to attain a climate-friendly building? What are the priorities? How much investment is needed? We are well aware that the financial aspect is of primary interest to the operator – after all, around 80% of the costs of a building result from ongoing operation.
We follow an all-encompassing approach:
Sustainable products combined with classic and digital service solutions guarantee long-term increases in energy efficiency and CO2 reductions throughout the entire life cycle of a building. As a general contractor, Siemens provides all of the solutions. This includes a range of different financing models and expertise in the field of financial support.
Our experts give critical support in applying for subsidies towards achieving the goals set out in the Green Deal, including for energy management software, sensors for recording energy flows, or measurement and control technology for reducing energy consumption.
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Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, the European Green Deal will transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy.