EPBD: make European buildings fit for e-mobility, ACEA and T&E tell European Commission
In a joint letter to the European Commission, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) stress the importance of the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in the deployment of charging points.
As ACEA and T&E write to Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission), Frans Timmermans (Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal), Kadri Simson (Commissioner for Energy) and Adina Valean (Commissioner for Transport) the two organisations see the upcoming revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) as an essential enabler of the transition to zero-emission mobility.
As part of its Fit for 55 climate package, the Commission put forward a proposal for the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which focusses on the deployment of charging and refuelling infrastructure for public use. The EPBD revision should complement AFIR with an ambitious proposal that ensures that the need for private and semi-public charging infrastructure is sufficiently addressed.
According to ACEA and T&E, the EPBD proposal should be based on the following principles:
- The ‘right to install a plug’
- EV readiness of non-residential buildings by 2035
- EV readiness of residential buildings
- Minimum requirements for charging points
- Charging at private depots and logistics hubs for trucks and vans
- Ensuring financial support for EV readiness
The EPBD revision should complement AFIR with an ambitious proposal that ensures that the need for private and semi-public charging infrastructure is sufficiently addressed.