In 2010, CLER was
very active in several EU energy policy area including the issue on
the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). As
of this, CLER
organised a Workshop about EPBD
and the future of energy efficiency in new and existing
buildings on December 2, 2010.
workshop aimed at raising awareness about EPBD, the new French regulation
and the tools needed
in order to reach the objectives set
by the Law “Le
Grenelle de l’Environnement” for existing buildings. The
public targeted was national environmental NGOs and
members of CLER network (local NGOSs, building consultancies,
etc) and consumers organisations. There
were 29 participants from 23 organisations.
in French (169 kB pdf file).
Le “Grenelle de l’environnement”: a wide negotiation
process organised in France for finding solution to environmental crisis,
set up very ambitious targets for energy and CO2 emissions : - 38% for
energy consumption and –50% for CO2 emissions by the end of year
2020. In order to ensure that the new regulations new buildings will
be defined accordingly, CLER requested from authories to be involved
in the discussions.
Besides that, the recast of the EPBD was adopted in mid 2010.
in the discussions, which had a purpose to define the new energy
new buildings. The law was published on 26th October, 2010 and the major
- the new maximum energy consumption limit will implicitly forbid the
use of electrical heating, which is a major step forward for CLER, as
it is a both a technical and social disaster;
- the “blowerdoor” test, which has a purpose is to verify
the air sealing, will be mandatory for a vast majority of building projects;
- the maximum energy consumption limit, which is major improvement compared
to the previous one, will (in average) nevertheless be over 50 kWh /
m2 / year (which was the goal defined by the law “Grenelle de l’Environnement”)
CLER has also actively
participated to “Le Plan Bâtiment
an official Committee, which is in charge of following the implementation
of the law (decreasing the consumption of buildings by 38 % by 2020).
CLER attended all the monthly meetings and will attend the following
on INFORSE-Europe Seminar on April 27
where Raphael Claustre made a presentation.
Raphael Claustre was also
moderator on the Zero
Carbon Road Tour presentation in Paris on September
made regular specific articles on EPBD in the bimonthly publication,
Infos (in French).
The work of CLER
on EU policy was supported partly by DG Environment's operational support