The Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) has been joined by a number of other industry organisations in calling for a restructuring Europe’s heating and cooling supply to provide affordable comfort, faster decarbonisation, and a more resilient energy system.
The message was delivered to policymakers and experts at the recent Heat Action for 2030 and beyond workshop, organised by the Heat Coalition in Brussels.
The Heat Coalition, which gathers 11 organisations at EU level with a stake in the heating and cooling sector, said that it believes that the future energy system must be smart, highly integrated and multidirectional, where supply and end – use technologies work as one.
This is why the organisation said that full recognition of heating and cooling is imperative for a successful EU climate and energy policy framework for 2030 and beyond.
On behalf of the incoming Presidency Ona Kostinaitė-Grinkevičienė, Lithuanian Energy Attaché, underlined the strategic importance of the heat sector: “More than two thirds of Lithuania’s citizens are served by District Heating – an infrastructure serving as a pillar in our energy transition.
“We expect that the proportion of renewable energy resources, notably biomass and waste, will comprise at least 60% in District Heating by 2020. Bearing these numbers in mind, clearly the future of the European heating sector is important for us,” continued Kostinaitė-Grinkevičienė.
According to the new study Heat Roadmap 2050 II the EU could save at least €100 billion by addressing heating and cooling.
Professor Sven Werner of Halmstad University was involved with the study, and said: “Even when energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope reach the limit of what is realistically feasible, heating and cooling demand will continue to exist in the future and therefore it has to be properly factored in any energy modelling done by the European Commission.”
Dr. Tim Rotheray from the UK Combined Heat and Power Association commented: “In the UK we have experienced that just a CO2 target will not do the job.”
“Integrated energy planning is key for a cost – effective transition to a low – carbon energy system. The future EU framework needs to target cost – effective primary energy savings in the system, tapping into the existing potential at the local level,” he added.
According to the Heat Coalition concrete examples from Klaipeda, Lithuania and Hannover, Germany illustrate how to use smart solutions to decarbonise heating and cooling and their significant impacts.
During the debate the panellists highlighted the need for a comprehensive and long – lasting effort.
Frédéric Hug, president of Euroheat & Power stated: “It’s not enough to issue a communication in autumn. For several decades, the EU has focused on big, cross-border trade and infrastructure issues only. The next decades must be dedicated to finding out how smart technologies can optimally work together at all levels, including the local one.”
Wolfram Sparber, vice president of the RHC-Platform, added: “Research, development and innovation are the keys to unlocking the potential of renewable heating and cooling beyond 2020. It is crucial that at least €4 billion is allocated to public – private R&D in the next seven years.”
Gérard Magnin, executive director of Energy Cities commented: “Heat sources are often available nearby and can take many forms – power plant, combined heat and power unit, waste incineration plant, free industrial heat, wastewater, data centres, etc. Local authorities should be the chief in orchestrating local heating and cooling strategy”.
Fiona Riddoch, director of COGEN Europe added: “By looking at different parts of the energy demand and supply in isolation, we may find solutions, but not the cheapest, fastest and best ones. Given EU’s growing concerns on competitiveness, addressing heating and cooling by taking an integrated view of the energy system is of paramount importance to help European industry stay competitive.”
Source: Waste Management World.com