COVID-19 had a serious impact on the efforts to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Shifts in energy demand from public to residential buildings occurred during the crisis in all partner regions. Progress made to use more efficient energy sources slowed because of the pandemic impact. This threatens progress in addressing climate change, air pollution and access to clean energy in all regions. The pandemic, coupled with social distancing and remote working, reduced energy consumption in public buildings by 10%, but increased energy consumption in residential buildings/houses by 20%.
The focus of Interreg Europe funded CLEAN project supporting the uptake of technologies and open innovation to meet EU energy efficiency targets for buildings in Europe’s regions, is highly relevant in relation to the impact that COVID-19 has brought.
During the last months, CLEAN project partners have been analyzing the challenges and the potential opportunities in addressing energy efficiency in buildings in the context of COVID-19, the support measures took by authorities in this regard and their transformation potential into new policy instruments and put all together in the Regional Context Assessments Report.
Find here the summary of the main findings of the CLEAN partners in their regions, with a focus on the opportunities for new policy instruments supporting energy efficiency in public buildings in the context of COVID-19: https://projects2014-2020.interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/tx_tevprojects/library/file_1662387284.pdf
The full report will be also available soon from the CLEAN library >> by selecting the folder "Regional Context Assessments". By using the arrows on the sides, you can browse in the folder and download the file.