Policymakers and industry leaders on Tuesday (28 March) called for an increase in digitalisation in keeping with the EU’s energy efficiency directives.
A report from international energy consultancy Ecofys, presented in Brussels earlier this week, detailed the hidden energy savings potential in buildings, pointing out that 30% of the EU’s entire energy consumption is through heating and cooling buildings.
“Optimising technical building systems not only makes building environments more efficient, it empowers building users to better understand their environment – proactively managing their energy usage and maintaining a healthy, comfortable and productive living environment,” the report said.
The report, titled “Optimising the energy use of technical building systems”, was presented on Tuesday at the 3rd EU Energy Summit, a Brussels stakeholder forum.
The EU launched the Energy Efficiency Directive in 2012 and updated it in November of 2016. The directive established rules in an effort to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020.
Under the directive, EU members are required to use energy efficiently at each stage of the energy chain, starting at production and ending at final consumption.
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