Please click here to read the joint letter. On behalf of the signatories, we call on the Commission to put the heating and cooling sector on track to meet the goals in the Paris Agreement, by delivering an ambitious proposal that gives all stakeholders sufficient clarity for their investments.

Today, 80% of European consumers heat their homes with fossil fuels and the sector is responsible for one third of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. To meet our carbon neutrality goals, consumers will need to shift to sustainable heating systems, primarily smart heat pumps, sustainable district heating, solar thermal heat and geothermal technologies. As the average lifetime of a heating appliance is 15-20 years, the switch will need to happen rapidly as the purchasing decisions we make in the next decade will define the way we heat our homes in 2050.

However, mass consumer adoption of sustainable heating systems alone will not be sufficient to enable the transition in this sector, as its success will also depend on a deep transformation of the energy system. This transformation will require coordinated investments from a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers, electricity system operators, demand response companies, heat pump manufacturers, district heating operators, manufacturers of solar heating and cooling systems, companies operating in the geothermal sector and heating appliance installers.

An uncoordinated approach risks being more costly and locking us into fossil fuel infrastructure, hence we, the undersigned, call for including in the revised Renewable Energy Directive: (1) a binding target for renewable heating and cooling and (2) a requirement for Member States, in consultation with local authorities, to develop and implement national plans to decarbonise this sector to give consumers and companies the clarity and support they need to make the required investments.

National heating and cooling decarbonisation plans should include:

  1. Clear timelines and targets for the roll-out of sustainable heating systems, the deployment of district heating networks and the phase out of fossil fuels in heating.

A shift to smart electric heat pumps will only take place at the lowest cost for consumers if electricity system operators recognise that these appliances can be operated flexibly, and if consumers receive adequate incentives to do so. Clear information on the expected evolution of electric heat demand and of its flexibility is fundamental (...)


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Last updated on the 22-04-2021 by Construction21 Communication

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