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Developing BIPVs future in Europe - Focus on buildings in the New energy package 

By Christophe Arnaud, Policy Advisor


The Clean Energy for All Package released on 30 November 2016, will reshuffle the energy sector in Europe. An important focus of the European Commission is the energy impact of the building stock.

In that perspective, the framework for the development of BIPV in the next years will be modified. It will be the role of the BIPV Task Force to make sure the European Union sets a positive framework for the development of such innovative solutions.

Several important revised legislations of the package are relevant for the BIPV industry:

The proposal for a revised energy efficiency directive includes the ability for countries to incentivize the development of self-consumption in buildings in the calculation of their annual energy savings obligations achievements.

The proposal for a revised renewable energy directive extends the obligation for Member States to require the use of minimum levels of energy from renewable sources in new and renovated buildings.

The proposal on the governance of the Energy Union sets reporting obligations for Member States on how the share of renewables in buildings consumption progresses in their country.

The proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive increases the obligation for Member States to take into account the positive influence of active solar systems in the calculation of the energy performance of buildings (Annex I). It also obliges Member States to set out a concrete roadmap, including milestones for 2030, to deliver on the 2050 goal for decarbonisation of their national building stock (Art.2). In addition, the Commission introduced the concept of a smartness indicator (Art.8) for buildings which would be complementary to increased on-site generation and self-consumption optimization. It also corresponds to an anticipation of increased electric vehicles recharging points and home automation and control systems in buildings. The indicator would assess the building s flexibility features and the way it can interact with the electricity system.

Based on these proposals, the European Parliament and the Council will need to find a compromise for the revision of these legislations.

During this year of negotiations, the activities of the BIPV Task Force will be directed towards ensuring the proposals correspond to the development of innovative on-site generation solutions and active building elements such as BIPV, and enabling buildings to become real energy hubs playing an active role in the electrical system.