Clean Energy Package litmus test:

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Published: 22 December 2016


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).
 
​Why is modernising installed heating appliances important? Because buildings account for 50% of final energy demand in the EU, with 85% of energy used for heating and hot water. And most heating appliances installed in EU homes are old and inefficient. These two, well-known facts make it clear that achieving the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets is impossible without prioritising the efficiency of heating systems and the building envelope.
 
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.”