Heating and cooling: Towards a fossil-free reality?

Today, several renewable technologies are available to decarbonise heating and cooling (H&C) – biomass, solar thermal, geothermal and efficient heat pumps. They are mature and ready to deliver but the market uptake of renewable energies in the H&C sector remains difficult.

The Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is the first piece of EU legislation to address the decarbonisation of the H&C sector, which represents about 50% of Europe’s energy consumption. But while the RED II sets an objective of mainstreaming renewables in H&C, it does not elaborate on the means to deliver.

With the Clean Energy Package being finalised, discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) starting, and the mid-century decarbonisation roadmap underway, there is no better time to discuss how the H&C sector can contribute to the EU’s climate and energy objectives.

This stakeholder workshop brought together policymakers and other experts to discuss the future of the H&C sector. Questions included:

– How can Europe plan a fossil fuel phase-out up to 2050? 

– Can renewable energies in H&C reach mass market?

– Considering the long investment cycles (15 years), what funding mechanisms have to be put in place to decarbonise the sector?

This event was under the patronage of the European Commission on the occasion of Green Week. 

EU Green Week 2018 will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future. More info here https://www.eugreenweek.eu/ 

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