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3 dimensions of benefits from the National Thermal Renovation Scheme
The effort associated with the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive thermal modernisation scheme brings tangible benefits. These benefits are diverse and go beyond simple cost savings resulting from reduced energy consumption. These are economic, social and environmental benefits.
The economic benefits
are associated with increased energy efficiency, stimulated economic activity and the creation of new jobs in sectors related to thermal modernisation.
According to BPIE estimates, prepared for the purpose of this report, in 2030 the annual savings in energy resulting from thermal modernisation may reach from 5% to 26% of consumption in 2013. This is not all – the total economic benefits may be much greater. As reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the total value of economic benefits resulting from the implementation of thermal modernisation projects is 1.5 times as high as the value of the savings in energy consumption. The benefits are derived from the acceleration in economic growth caused by an increase in demand for labour, materials and additional services required for the implementation of construction projects.
The social benefits
primarily resulting from the limitation of such phenomena as energy poverty and social exclusion.
Comprehensive thermal modernisation could lead to a decrease in heating (or cooling) costs of premises by as much as half, and therefore contribute not only to the improvement of comfort of life, but also to an increase in household disposable income. Such actions could limit social exclusion of people with low income.
The environmental benefits
resulting from a decrease in local air pollution (dust, benzo(a)pyrene) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions which lead to climate change.
The potential decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (as compared to 2010), accomplished as a result of thermal modernisation of buildings, may reach from 8% to 59%. Along with the improved energy efficiency of buildings, air pollution resulting from the so-called low-stack emission, i.e. burning solid fuels in inefficient household furnaces, will also drop significantly.