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Politicians must support the EPBD ITRE compromise amendment in the plenary vote

Ahead of a critical parliamentary vote on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), a coalition of 38 stakeholder groups is calling on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to unite in support of the compromise approved by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

The cross-party compromise on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was voted on successfully by the ITRE Committee on 9 February 2023, marking an important milestone in the legislative journey towards an ambitious EPBD revision. It is now to pass to a plenary vote in the European Parliament on 14 March 2023 involving all MEPs.

This morning, the coalition, which represents a total of over 6,000 organisations in the building sector, published an open letter to MEPs, stating their support for the compromise agreement on the EPBD that will: 

  • Tackle climate change and ensure that EU citizens enjoy better-quality buildings
  • Create 3.3 million high-quality green jobs in the EU each year
  • Decrease dependence on Russian gas and bolster energy security
  • Bring 35 million EU citizens out of energy poverty.

The message of the coalition is clear: the ITRE compromise agreement was achieved by the European People’s Party, Socialists & Democrats, Renew Europe, European Green Party and the Left, after many months of detailed discussions, and represents a fair and balanced deal that will deliver for all Europeans. 

WorldGBC and its coalition of stakeholders keenly await the parliamentary plenary vote on the EPBD on 14 March 2023.