Clean Energy Package litmus test: enabling consumers to switch to high-efficiency and renewable heating
The increase in the EU’s energy efficiency target from 27% to 30%– announced today in the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package – is an important step towards increasing energy efficiency in Europe, according to the European Heating Industry (EHI).
The 2016 Ecofys study, ‘EU pathways to a decarbonised building sector’, finds that an acceleration of the modernisation of the heating stock – in combination with a reduction of buildings’ energy demand – can reduce greenhouse gas emission from residential sector by 18,5% by 2030.
This significant drop in emission from the heating sector can deliver almost 40% of the effort still needed to achieve the EU’s 2030 climate targets. This result would keep the EU on track to meet its 2030 climate and energy objectives, but the so-called “Clean Energy Package” needs to deliver clear policies to turn this scenario into reality.
Federica Sabbati, EHI Secretary General, said:
“The modernisation of installed heaters can make a key contribution to achieving the objectives of EU energy and climate policies. What we need now is a policy framework to increase the modernisation of old heaters with efficient and renewable heating technologies.”