The EU’s new heating and cooling strategy

The EU’s new heating and cooling strategy

The European Commission announced a Heating and Cooling Strategy aimed at reducing energy waste.

Heating and cooling currently account for 50% of the EU’s annual energy consumption. This includes 59% of total gas consumption and 13% of total oil consumption in Europe.

The EU is highly dependent on energy imports. Decarbonising Europe’s buildings by 2050 would save around €40 billion on gas imports and €4.7 billion on oil imports per year.

European buildings are old and waste energy. The current renovation rate is below 1% per year.

So what does the Commission plan to do?

The EU’s Heating and Cooling strategy includes 5 main initiatives:

– making renovating buildings easier

– integrating electricity systems with heating and cooling systems

– increasing the share of renewables

– reusing energy waste from industries

– getting consumers and industries involved.

The executive hopes that these initiatives will:

– help EU citizens save money

– create jobs

– reduce CO2 emissions.

But the strategy is just an EU coordination tool. It is up to member states to put it into practice.

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Source: Euractiv.com

Date: March 2016

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