On 12th March, the Renovate Europe Campaign published its European Elections Manifesto calling on candidate MEPs to sign a Pledge to “STOP Energy Waste in Buildings”. The Campaign will undertake 3 Days of Action in the European Parliament on 1st, 2nd, 3rd April 2014 in Brussels.

“Stopping energy waste in buildings is becoming a top priority for citizens, as households face increasingly high energy bills, explained MEP Fiona Hall (UK, ALDE), an early supporter of the Manifesto. “This is a real opportunity for candidate MEPs to address their national constituencies on a topic that really speaks to them and affects them on a daily basis, and where they understand that the EU plays a fundamental role.”

MEP Anne Delvaux (BE, EPP), another early supporter of the Renovate Europe Manifesto and CoRapporteur of the EP’s Report on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework, emphasised the strong rationale of signing such a pledge: “In the European elections, voters will look for candidates to fight for solutions that boost jobs and growth in the immediate future, but that also fit into a long-term strategy to achieve a competitive sustainable low-carbon economy in the EU. Pledging to STOP Energy Waste in Buildings makes clear political sense”.

32 partners drawn from across the construction value chain have gathered behind the Renovate Europe Manifesto for the 2014 European Elections.

“This is a cross-sectoral, cross-national, cross-party call to action”, explained Adrian Joyce, Director of Renovate Europe, “Stopping energy waste in buildings delivers numerous multiple benefits, for the economy, for businesses, for the environment and for citizens’ wellbeing and quality of life and therefore defies the traditional party-lines, sectoral groups and national borders.”

Renovate Europe is working in close cooperation with its national Supporting Partners to maximise the impact of this Manifesto at the national and local level in the run-up to the elections in May. The REC Manifesto is translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Greek, and includes National Inserts explaining the national relevance for Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Poland, the UK and the Czech Republic.

Renovate Europe will be holding 3 Days of Action in the European Parliament on 1-2-3 April in Brussels for MEPs to sign the Pledge.