INDU-ZERO and Renovation Wave make perfect match

22 March 2021 - Published by Ulla-Britt Krämer

Make Europe climate neutral 
A refurbished and improved building stock in the EU will help pave the way for a
decarbonised and clean energy system, as the building sector is one of the largest energy consumers in Europe and is responsible for more than one third of the EU's emissions. But only 1% of buildings undergo energy efficient renovation every year, so effective action is crucial to making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.

Doubling the renovation rate
Renovation of both public and private buildings is an essential measure in this context, and has been singled out in the European Green Deal as a key initiative to drive energy efficiency in the sector and deliver on objectives. Given the labour-intensive nature of the building sector, which is largely dominated by local businesses, renovations of buildings also plays a crucial role in the European recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic. To kick-start the recovery, the Commission has identified doubling the renovation rate in its dedicated recovery plan.

Renovation wave
To pursue this ambition of energy gains and economic growth, the Commission published on 14 October 2020 a new strategy to boost renovation called "A Renovation Wave for Europe – Greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives" (COM(2020)662). It aims to double annual energy renovation rates in the next ten years. These renovations will enhance the quality of life for people living in and using the buildings, reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, and create up to 160,000 additional green jobs in the construction sector.

Industrial solution
The INDU-ZERO solution perfectly fits into the Renovation Wave. The industrial approach considers the whole renovation chain, from the raw material to the renovation at lower costs. By building multiple factories like the INDU-ZERO factory we can boost the renovation speed and reach the set climate targets. Now is the time for industries, housing owners, governments and investors to work together: invest in partnerships from all sectors and embrace initiatives like INDU-ZERO. We have to build a sustainable future together.