Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in buildings in Europe
Greenhouse gas emissions from EU buildings decreased by 31% between 2005 and 2021. This progress was driven by higher energy efficiency standards for new buildings, energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings, decarbonisation of the electricity and heating sectors, and warmer temperatures. However, in 2021 emissions rebounded, partly due to a colder winter and economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the longer term, the trend toward declining emissions is expected to continue, but a substantial acceleration in energy renovations is needed to reach EU 2030 targets.