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Joint FIEC-WGBC webinar on EU Taxonomy
“They are not bidding anymore if there are Chinese contractors competing for the same project.” German TV is taking up China’s growing influence on the European construction market. Have a look and learn more about the construction of a university campus in Budapest and the construction of the Peljesac Bridge in Croatia.
Higher heating bills under widened ETS will be unpopular
The European Commission is bracing itself for a winter of discontent as citizens start to feel the impact of higher energy prices even before the scope of the Emissions Trading Scheme extends to include buildings. As the Fit for 55 package is debated this morning in the European Parliament Plenary, policy makers are concerned that citizens may take to the streets to express their anger at more expensive energy bills. This is where the dream of a zero carbon economy will start to meet the tricky trade off regarding who pays and this will be a test of resolve for the Parliament as well. FIEC’s sub-commission dealing with Fit for 55 will also meet today to assess the impact of the package on the construction industry.
EPBD revision – call for a European skills initiative
In anticipation of the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the European Parliament is preparing an own-initiative report calling for a strengthening of requirements to achieve climate neutrality. This draft report reiterates its call for a European skills initiative that enables intermediaries such as installers, architects or contractors to advise, prescribe or install relevant solutions for energy efficiency programmes and a decarbonised building stock. It also highlights that ambitious goals for staged and deep renovation of the existing building stock will create millions of jobs, in particular in SMEs.
On a similar topic, the proposal of the European Commission for a revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive calls on all Member States to ensure aadequate skills for energy efficiency professions (including installers of building elements) that correspond to market needs through certification and/or equivalent qualification schemes, including, where necessary, suitable training programmes.