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Industry and policy-makers join forces to move heating and cooling on the top on EU’s decarbonisation agenda
On Thursday 7 June 2018, the event “Heating & Cooling in Europe – How can we decarbonize the sector by 2050 and fulfil the Paris Agreement?” took place in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels.
Representatives from DG Energy, EU Commission (Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director Renewables, Research & Innovation, energy efficiency), the Austrian Permanent Representation (Energy attaché, Michael Steurer) and the University of Nijmegen (Florian Knnobloch, Expert) as well as representatives of the Decarb Heat Initiative (AEBIOM, COGEN EUROPE, EHPA, EHP, EPEE, EGEC) addressed the political framework of the decarbonization of heating & cooling (H&C) and industry insights to advance towards a fully decarbonized sector by 2050.
The panelists conveyed significant key messages, particularly:
The decarbonisation of the H&C sector plays a crucial role in the decarbonisation of our society:
1. In order to avoid a lock-in effect, we need to start acting now!
2. The energy solutions to decarbonize the sector are already available today
3. An effective and efficient decarbonisation of heating and cooling will require an integrated approach and the coupling of different solutions
Mechthild Wörsdörfer stressed that Heating & Cooling (H&C) is not sufficiently addressed in the energy policy agenda but insisted that it will play a crucial role in the Eurpoean Commission’s consultation exercise, taking place on 10-11 July 2018, in view of developing a future 2050 energy roadmap. Meanwhile, she reminded participants that the most important part of European R&D Funds will be dedicated to climate, transport and energy, hence also to H&C.