EU climate and energy policy 2030

Date: 4 April 2013

Press release by Euroheat & Power

EU climate and energy policy 2030: Full recognition of heating and cooling is imperative
The Green Paper on the climate and energy policy framework 2030 published today could have been a great opportunity to launch a European debate on the role of efficient heating and cooling in making our future energy system sustainable and affordable. Unfortunately, the paper does not provide much insight into numerous possibilities that these sectors can offer. The move comes despite the European Parliament calling for a greater role of heating and cooling just two weeks earlier.

Reacting on the green paper was Sabine Froning of Euroheat & Power, representing 24 national district heating associations and more than 6000 district heating schemes in Europe: “The future EU climate and energy policy must have a greater focus on efficient and renewable heating and cooling as they are key elements towards a low carbon economy. The European Commission should now use the public consultation process to look closely at these sectors and develop a comprehensive energy policy framework which fully integrates heating and cooling, as requested by the Council3 and the European Parliament”.

Heat represents 45% of the final energy consumption in the European Union, compared with only 20% for electricity, 26% for transport and 9% for ‘non-energy use’. However, as noted by the International Energy Agency in its Energy Technology Perspectives 2012: “Heating and cooling remain neglected areas of energy policy and technology, but their decarbonisation is a fundamental element towards a low carbon economy”.

In its Energy Roadmap 2050 report the European Parliament called on the on the Commission and the Member States to “allocate increased funding to local energy infrastructures such as district heating and cooling […] that bring about efficient, low and no-carbon solutions that will substitute the import and European wide exchange/transport of energy”.

For Euroheat & Power, a comprehensive policy framework must pay full attention to the heating and cooling sector. Supporting advanced efficiency in energy supply and demand makes the whole system more robust, flexible and less vulnerable to lock-in effects. This is essential for limiting the costs of the energy transition for European citizens and businesses.