EHI Press Release - 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).

EHI still holds that a binding 40% EU efficiency target can deliver a stronger and much-needed boost to replace the 80 million old and inefficient oil and gas boilers, installed in European homes today. Will the European Commission “Clean Energy for all Europeans” legislation help consumers embrace energy efficiency? This will be the litmus test for the policies announced today: the extent to which this modernisation process takes off.

Why is modernizing 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 prioritizing 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 emissions from residential sector by 18,5% by 2030, compared to 2015 levels. This drop in emission from the heating sector can deliver a significant share 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.”

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