Improving energy performance of buildings in Lombardy

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9 July 2019

Lombardy, being home to more than 10 million people, is the most populated region in Italy.

The average temperature in Lombardy is set to increase by 1.5 degrees in business as usual scenarios between 2012 and 2050 and city statistics show that Milan already endures 35 tropical nights a year. The government of Lombardy thus made energy efficiency in buildings a priority.

Lombardy was the first regional government in Italy to independently transpose Directive 2002/91/EC into its (regional) legislation in 2007, in compliance with the directive and the general principles contained in (Italian) Legislative Decree No. 192. These legislative standards have been modified over the years and following the approval of Directive 2010/31/EU.

The Lombardy government has since implemented a program aimed at improving the energy performance of all new buildings in residential and commercial sectors, as well as introducing the standard “nearly zero-energy buildings”. You can find out more in the case study.

This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Policy Action Map.

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