The European Insulation Manufacturers Association (Eurima) has urged EU leaders to rethink the role of insulation to power “a truly energy efficient and competitive Europe”.
Pascal Eveillard, president of Eurima explained: “Solving Europe’s energy challenges begins with putting energy efficiency first.
“Deep renovation to reduce the energy demand of our building stock is one of the easiest, most cost-effective and sustainable solutions to address Europe’s energy, economic and climate challenges.”
The trade association’s has all major mineral wool insulation manufacturers backing its ‘Unleash the Power of Insulation’ campaign which aims to raise the awareness of well insulated buildings in the EU.
“Insulation is a no regret option to our energy trilemma – economic growth, sustainability and energy security. Any change takes time to adjust to, so it’s important that EU leaders are aware that insulation is a solution available today and can provide immediate and multiple benefits for Europe. Whether it’s jobs in the construction sector, contribution to GDP, reduced energy imports, lower energy bills or indeed higher home comfort,” commented Jan te Bos, Director General at Eurima.
According to Eurima, buildings account for 40% of the EU’s final energy use and around 36% of its CO2 emissions. The trade association estimates that an ambitious deep renovation programme could create two million jobs across the EU.