Though the US is no longer a part of the Paris Agreement, the European Union is, but some member states are attempting to dilute their obligations to renewable energy.
According to Euractiv.com, the Czech Republic is attempting to lower its energy savings obligations in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) from 1.5% annually to as little as 0.4%.
Poland is trying to backtrack on energy milestones set for 2030 and 2040 in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The Maltese government is hoping to drastically cut energy efficient initiatives in the latest version of the EED.
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If the member states are successful in watering down the EPBD and EED, they will reduce the EU’s Paris pledge to a dishonest paper shuffling exercise in the eyes of the world, and its own citizens.
The UN, EU, world governments and Building Performance Institute Europe have all endorsed the role that the housing sector can play in grasping the promise of Paris. Indeed, there is no way of reaching its aspirational target of capping warming at 1.5°C without it.
That is not the only energy related topic that is causing issues in Europe. In the United Kingdom, new regulations – called the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) – will take effect on April 1, 2018. The law firm Shoosmiths says that the new rules, which impact non-domestic properties, are complex and difficult to understand.