Tertiary decree: Representatives of the energy efficiency sector welcome the consultation and call for action to meet their ambitions

On 18 April, the Directorate of Housing, Urbanism and Landscape (DHUP), the Sustainable Building Plan and the Directorate General of Energy and Climate (DGEC) submitted the final version of the draft decree on the actions required to reduce energy consumption in buildings for tertiary use.

The representatives of the energy efficiency sector welcome the ambition of the draft decree submitted today and the accompanying consultation process.

Energy consumption in buildings accounts for 40% of the national total and decreased by only 1% between 2009 and 2016[1] despite a reduction target of 38% by 2020 set ten years ago by the Grenelle I law. In addition, the revision of the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings requires Member States to develop a long-term national strategy for the energy renovation of public and private buildings in order to support low-carbon[2] and highly energy-efficient building stock by 2050, with indicative benchmarks in 2030 and 2040.

A broad consultation for ambitious and shared objectives, etc.

The text submitted today is the result of a wide-ranging consultation launched last October. Almost 50 meetings were held to bring the various stakeholders together: representatives of the contracting authorities concerned by the application of the decree and energy efficiency sector representatives (FFIE, FIEEC, GIMELEC and SERCE).

The consultation made it possible to respond to the concerns raised by players in the field, who were divided into sector-based working groups. Much of the feedback recorded over several years has confirmed that technological solutions to improve energy efficiency are available. The quality and length of the consultation should make it possible to avoid any delay that would send a negative signal to those involved in energy transition.

The signatories hope that the decree adopted in application of this text will be the result of a similar consultation process and commensurate with the objectives of the law

…but without a corresponding sanctions mechanism.

However, the signatories regret the easing of the incentive and sanctions on the non-disclosure of building data and the failure to achieve objectives.

The poor results obtained in terms of reducing building consumption show that goodwill alone in terms of energy performance is unfortunately not enough in view of the issues.

[1]Note from the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST):


[2] It should be remembered that actions to reduce energy consumption must be implemented in accordance with the National Low Carbon Strategy, to which Article 175 of the ELAN law refers.

APRIL press release Application of tertiary decrees (FFIE FIEEC GIMELEC SERCE)