Myth : Rural areas have a low carbon footprint

Rural communities often have higher carbon footprints than their urban counterparts as well as significant quality of air issues. This is due to a number of factors: the need to drive longer distances, a lack of energy choice leading to the use of polluting fuels (coal, heating oil, wood), and the agricultural output of greenhouse gases



FREE Position on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The FREE Initiative is pleased to present its position paper on how Europe can make its rural building stock more energy efficient and sustainable.

Key is the need for policymakers to specifically address the unique and particular needs of rural buildings under a dedicated strategy. Any less than this will continue the current trend of insufficient action from the EU and Member States.

You can find our full position paper here.