The European Copper Institute (ECI) supported by the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), the European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac) and the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) welcome the launch of the Heating and Cooling Strategy by the European Commission and its effort to link electricity and Heating and Cooling in order to decarbonise energy systems.
In 2015, ECI organised a series of workshops involving industry stakeholders, NGOs and policy makers to debate the role of electricity in the Heating and Cooling strategy and bring concrete ideas on how to decarbonise and make Heating and Cooling more efficient.
There are strong opportunities to better combine the EU’s electricity and thermal energy systems to help drive up penetration of renewables, increase energy efficiency, lower emissions and subsequently support the overall economic growth in Europe.
Integral to this will be the promotion of efficient electrothermal technologies, residual heat recovery, and building automation. A system approach should be at the heart of the revision of key energy related legislations, such as the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Market Design Initiative.
As a result of the series of workshops organized by ECI, 8 key recommendations were formulated to help guide the European Commission in the implementation of the Heating and Cooling strategy and the upcoming revisions of relevant EU legislation:
Promote the electrification of industry thermal processes to enable demand side response and integrate renewables
- Foster residual heat recovery using heat pumps
- Improve recognition of building automation as an enabler of energy efficiency in its own right
- Promote investment based on the synergies between energy efficiency and demand response
- Incentivize package financing to foster investment for building renovation
- Devise system level solution(s) through cross-cutting energy legislation
- Promote mandatory building efficiency requirements in the Energy Efficiency directive
- New Market Design should ensure proper energy pricing