Government guarantees to meet Brussels requirements on energy efficiency of buildings

"The deadline is sufficient and the delivery of the three second reports was already planned and determined by the end of 2020. Thus, the deadline will be met and, to that extent, there will be no procedure for non-compliance", said the official Ministry of Environment and Climate Action.

The Government has guaranteed that it will deliver to Brussels the missing reports on energy efficiency of buildings by the end of the year, as planned, meeting the deadline given by the European Commission and without any procedure for non-compliance.

"The deadline is sufficient and the delivery of the three second reports was already planned and determined by the end of 2020. Thus, the deadline will be met and, to that extent, there will be no procedure for non-compliance", said the official Ministry of Environment and Climate Action.

On Friday, the European Commission demanded that Portugal comply with its obligations under the European Union (EU) legislation on the energy efficiency of buildings, giving the country two months to comply with such requirements, otherwise it goes to court.

The Ministry of the Environment clarified, in a written response to the agency Lusa, that the European Commission's opinion refers to the “presentation of the second reports on the optimal levels of profitability of the minimum energy performance requirements”.

According to the tutelage, the rules provide that Member States report to the European Commission “all data and assumptions used” for calculating the energy performance of buildings, “as well as their results, at regular intervals, which should not exceed five years".

The Ministry led by João Pedro Matos Fernandes added that Portugal has already submitted all the first 11 reports on the optimal levels of profitability and has already sent to Brussels 8 of the 11 required reports, relating to new, existing residential buildings, for larger retailers. new apartments, existing apartments, office buildings, hotels and health centers.

Missing are three second reports on calculations of optimization of profitability in hospitals, educational establishments and restaurants, which the Government guarantees to deliver by the end of 2020.

Adopted in 2010, the EU directive on the energy performance of buildings came to set minimum requirements, "so that the owners or tenants of the building or the autonomous fraction can compare and evaluate their energy performance", according to the legislation in force.

The objective, then, is "to achieve the best combination of investments and savings, in order to optimize costs", the European Commission recalled on Friday in the information released to the press, arguing that this calculation "is fundamental for Member States fully exploit the energy efficiency and renewable energy potential of the national real estate park and prevent citizens from spending more money than necessary on efficiency improvements in their homes and offices ”.

Buildings consume around 40% of energy in the EU, which is why Brussels has defined it as an “absolute priority” to make this type of consumption “cleaner”.

With the notice sent to Portugal, the community executive gives the country “two months to comply with its legal obligations”.

And it threatens that, if it does not, it will advance to the EU Court of Justice.

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