Renovate2Recover: How transformational are the National Recovery Plans for Buildings Renovation?

The Renovate2Recover Study, undertaken by E3G for the Renovate Europe Campaign and launched on the 13th of October 2021 at the REDay2021 Conference, assesses the buildings-related elements of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) in 18 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The aim is to understand whether NRRPs position countries to achieve longer-term targets for more and deeper renovation, and whether NRRPs have the potential to be ‘transformational’ on the path to achieving national goals set out in the Long Term Renovation Strategies and EU goals set out in the Renovation Wave strategy. The Study was developed by E3G, bringing its experience of working on the Green Recovery Tracker, and was delivered in close cooperation with Renovate Europe’s National Partners and Campaign Office.

Renovate Europe’s National Partners have made substantial and crucial contributions to the content and value of this Study. They are perfectly positioned with their understanding of the national context and contacts with national governments to contribute to the assessment of the NRRPs, and, crucially, to act on the opportunities that are identified in each Country Profile to improve and support the implementation of NRRPs across the EU.

Each Country Profile is accompanied by an annex that sets out, in more detail, the various programmes and reforms that each Member State includes in its NRRP. Where possible, the funding allocation for each programme is also included. The content of these annexes is drawn from an analysis of the European Commission’s assessment of the NRRPs and the European Council’s Implementing Decision for each NRRP.

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What Buildings Elements in the National Recovery Plans?

This short document seeks to provide a checklist of key elements to be included for buildings in the National Recovery & Resilience Plans (NRRPs), taking into account upcoming legislative developments (revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive).  Tying the National Plans to a long-term regulatory perspective will increase the absorption rate of EU funding and improve the implementation of EU buildings policies on the ground, thereby contributing to multiple benefits for Member States, their businesses and their citizens.

  • Allocation for Capacity Building or Technical Assistance
  • Segment-based approaches with Measurable Outcomes
  • Deep renovations achieving low energy consumption levels
  • Support to Upskilling the Workforce
  • Focus on scaling up existing renovation schemes
  • Uptake of Loans and other Financial Instruments
  • Better Aggregation of Data to measure impact
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Prioritise Energy Renovation in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans!

At the July European Summit, EU leaders agreed a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget to help rebuild the EU after the pandemic and boost investment in green and digital transitions. This is a unique opportunity to allocate this money towards energy renovation.

Member States are currently drafting National Recovery and Resilience Plans to be submitted to the European Commission as from the 15th of October, outlining where they will allocate the funding to be awarded from the EU Recovery Package.”

Prioritise energy renovation in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans!

This provides short answers to why buildings are so important for our health, why energy renovation is in line with the EU’s growth objectives and green priorities, what is the link between the Renovation Wave and the National Recovery Plans, whether the renovation sector is ready to deliver, and what kind of funding needs to be included for energy renovation in the National Plan.

This guide looks at some the practical aspects: how energy renovation complies with the assessment criteria, how it ties up with the European Semester, how DG REFORM’s support can help finance energy renovation, how to access this technical support and what other funds are available for energy renovation.