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The renovation wave is an initiative of the EC to address current low decarbonisation and renovation rates across the EU and to tackle the underlying barriers for improving the energy efficiency of the EU building stock.

The renovation wave initiative will build on measures agreed under the Clean energy for all Europeans package, notably the requirement for each EU country to publish a long-term building renovation strategy (LTRS), other aspects of the amending Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings ((EU) 2018/844), and building-related aspects of each Member State’s national energy and climate plans (NECP).

As a preparatory step, the Commission published a roadmap on the initiative in May 2020, with a 4-week period for public feedback. On 12 June, the Commission launched a 4-week public consultation to feed into the Commission preparation of this initiative.

The Commission plans to publish in autumn 2020 a strategic Communication and an action plan on the initiative for the years to come. They will cover concrete legislative and non-legislative measures and enabling tools, financing and non-financing aspects, and take into account different levels of action at EU, national and local or regional level, to make faster and deeper renovation.

The Commission is organising on 23 June a digital session at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2020 to discuss the Renovation wave initiative, and is in close contact with Member States, the EU Council, the European Parliament and a broad range of stakeholders.

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