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Joint Position Paper on the Renovation Wave


The EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers), CEI-Bois (the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries), FEP (the European Federation of the Parquet Industry), EOS (the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry) and EPF (European Panel Federation) warmly welcome the Renovation Wave Strategy: “A Renovation Wave for Europe - greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives”, published on 14 October 2020.

The Woodworking Industries believe that a refurbished and energy efficient EU building stock has a key role to play in the post covid-19 recovery and the “new normal” by creating green jobs, revitalising regenerative growth and paving the way for the decarbonisation of one of the largest energy consuming sectors in Europe, responsible for more than one third of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. Wood-based solutions offer a green construction material that is renewable, recyclable and has a low fossil carbon footprint and therefore a good performance in life cycle assessments.

The renovation principles set up in the Strategy should now be implemented through the National Energy & Climate Plans and Long-Term Renovation Strategies to take an important step forward in the achievement of the objectives of the European Green Deal.