The European Window Film industry agrees that “improved energy efficiency and energy savings will play an essential role in the transformation of the energy system”, and is pleased with the Report’s commitment to “take the reduction of energy use in buildings as a central element” of the EU’s long-term energy efficiency policy.
The Parliament’s Report is valuable in highlighting the economic and environmental benefits that building renovations can bring for both public and private sectors, with cost-effective and environmentally-friendly retrofit technologies such as Window Film already well-placed to improve the overall energy performance of existing buildings in Europe.
EWFA therefore supports the Report’s conclusion that “the current rate of building renovation needs to be substantially scaled up” in order to bring about the targeted reductions in the energy consumption of Europe’s existing building stock. Ambitious long-term renovation policies must continue to be pushed at all levels, and EWFA urges Member States to develop forward-thinking and aspirational Renovation strategies when implementing the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive.
The Report also recommends that “awareness-raising campaigns and energy efficiency be integrated into national educational curricula”, with Member States encouraged to create platforms to “support exchanges of best practice”. EWFA strongly believes in the importance of national educational initiatives and skills training in correctly informing consumers, professionals and installers of the different energy saving technologies – such as Window Film – that are available for their use.
EWFA looks forward to cooperating with policy makers to further raise awareness of the important role that Window Film can play in contributing to the reduction of energy consumption in Europe’s existing building stock.