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36  Summer 2017 European Energy Innovation


The innovation challenge:
will the EU be able to scale up
the rate of energy renovation to
meet its climate commitments?

By Roberta D’Angiolella, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)

In November 2016, the 194                 technologies and digitalization.         Despite this progress, the construction
      signatories of the Paris Agreement  New construction methods, energy         industry could still do more in terms of
      pledged to limit global warming     monitoring and optimisation tools as     innovation, which has the potential to
      to below 2°C, challenging the       well as other technologies such as       boost extensive building improvement
European economy to accelerate its        batteries, Photovoltaics (PV) or smart   work, substantially increasing energy
energy transition. With the appropriate   charging for Electric Vehicles (EV) are  efficiency and reducing energy
support and introducing innovations in    multiplying.                             consumption by 75% or more.
the construction value chain, buildings
could indeed play a leading role in
transforming the EU energy system,
increasing the speed with which the
three biggest CO2 polluters – the
buildings, transport and power sectors
– are reducing their climate impact.

The European construction industry
and its economy are undergoing
a rapid and fundamental change,
shaped by megatrends such as
greater urbanisation, disruptive new

Figure 1: Charging stations for Electric  Figure 2: Many systems and applications allowing to manage energy at home.
Vehicles gaining ground in many cities.   Source: Danfoss
Source Flickr-Retinafunk

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