November 19, 2011

Water efficiency in buildings

At in excess of 200 litres per person per day, Ireland has the third highest residential water consumption rate in the EU according to 2011 figures. The norm is 160 litres.

Ahead of next year's expected policy paper on water protection, on 16 November the Commission launched a consultation on a range of policy options to reduce the consumption patterns of buildings of all kinds. As laid out in the discussion document, EU-wide options under consideration and being put to stakeholders for reaction include voluntary or mandatory water performance ratings and audits, minimum water performance requirements, and certification schemes for water reuse. Aside from the structures themselves, voluntary or mandatory labeling and efficiency requirements for water-using products such as toilets are also being considered. Horizontal measures such as water metering, price realignment and public awareness-raising are also envisaged.

The 2012 plan will be based on an EU assessment of the river basin management plans submitted by Member States in recent years under the Water Framework Directive, and will include a major emphasis on better integrating water policy into other EU policy areas such as the Common Agricultural Policy and cohesion funding - possibly in relation to issues such as natural water retention and sustainable urban drainage.

The Commission also plans to launch a European Innovation Partnership on water efficiency in 2013 which should bring public and private interests together.

Consultation: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/water_efficiency.htm
Deadline: 8 February 2012
Background paper:http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/pdf/summary_water_efficiency.pdf

Posted by iroronan at November 19, 2011 12:58 PM

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