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EU Wants to Use Green Stimulus To Clean Up CO2-Spewing Buildings

  • European Commission to unveil strategy on buildings renovation
  • Buildings account for more than a third of European emissions
The business district in Brussels, Belgium. 

The business district in Brussels, Belgium. 

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The European Union wants to at least double the pace of renovation of homes and offices over the coming decade in a bid to save more energy and meet stricter climate goals under a sweeping green overhaul.

The Renovation Wave strategy, to be unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday, will outline steps needed to accelerate upgrades of more than 200 million existing buildings -- including insulation and change of heating equipment -- at a cost of nearly 300 billion euros ($355 billion) per year, according to draft EU documents seen by Bloomberg News.