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Published on Jun 28, 2013
Experts from the GBPN network provide analysis and recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency in Europe's buildings. In the European Union, buildings account for 40% of the total energy use and for 36% of CO2 emissions, representing Europe's largest source of green house gas emissions. Therefore, increasing the energy performance of the building sector is key to secure a transition to a low carbon economy and achieve the EU's climate & energy objectives. European real estate and construction executives support European legislation for energy efficiency and energy performance in buildings. While the financial crisis has set a downward trend to real estate valuations, the renovation of the existing building stock could be a means to reverse the tendency. Regulatory uncertainty seems to be the main barrier to increased energy efficiency investments.