"The debate must include heating and cooling" urges the Heat Coalition as the Green Paper "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies" is published today.

Heating and cooling remain neglected areas of energy policy and technology

Brussels, 27 March 2013 - According to the Heat Coalition, of which ESTIF is a member and which is a platform gathering 11 European associations with a stake in the heating and cooling sector, the forthcoming climate and energy policy framework must adequately address the future role of the heating and cooling sector, as it accounts for no less than 45% of the final energy consumption in Europe today.


Unfortunately, the stance taken on heating and cooling in the Green Paper confirms the recent conclusion from the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives publication, arguing that "heating and cooling remain neglected areas of energy policy and technology, but their decarbonisation is a fundamental element towards a low carbon economy". With virtually no mention of this sector or any reference to the challenges it faces, the Green Paper fails to consider the relevant issues.

However, the Heat Coalition strongly believes that this is the right time to develop a comprehensive European approach for heating and cooling towards making energy more affordable and keeping European businesses competitive, as requested by both the European Parliament and the Council.

Less than a fortnight ago, the European Parliament responded to the European Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050 by calling on the Commission to "consider the full integration of the heating and cooling sector into the transformation of the energy system"; stressing that "readily available renewable energy solutions (geothermal, biomass including biodegradable waste, solar thermal and hydro/aerothermal), in combination with energy efficiency measures, have the potential to decarbonize the heat demand by 2050 in a more cost-effective way, while addressing the problem of energy poverty"2. Moreover, the Council's conclusions on the renewable energy Communication, agreed last December, stated that "more attention should be paid to the widely untapped potential of renewables in the heating and cooling sector".

Given these clear signals from both the European Parliament and the Council, the heating and cooling sector should be considered as a crucial pillar supporting the 2030 framework.

Today, the Heat Coalition calls on the European Commission to put forward a comprehensive strategy, which must include improved statistics and data collection process, to promote innovative renewable energy sources and energy efficient solutions throughout the entire energy supply chain.

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