Decarbonising Buildings

Key messages:

  • Decarbonising European homes will require governments to ensure clear and supportive governance structures to establish, monitor and enforce effective energy efficiency building regulations.
  • Energy efficiency, along with the reduction in the carbon content of the energy consumed, is an essential enabler of decarbonisation of buildings.
  • Heat pumps are likely to be key for decarbonising homes, but their rapid deployment will need governments to put in place stable and long-term economic incentives.
  • Successful decarbonisation of buildings will require governments to engage with the construction industries and associated supply chains, and provide help to build the necessary knowledge, skills and support for ambitious policy.