EUSEW 2014: EHPA participates in the high level policy conference for heating & cooling

The European Sustainable Energy Week 2014 took place from the 23 to 27 of June in Brussels. Several conferences and workshops stressed the importance of using renewable energy sources fro the production of electricity as well as for heating and cooling spaces.

Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA had the chance to participate as a speaker during the high level policy conference on "The Challenge of energy transition in the supply of heating and cooling for consumers and industry". 

The conference focused on the transition of the Heating &Cooling sector and brought main market players and policy makers together.

There is no doubt that the European Commission started acknowledging the importance of heating and cooling sector for European climate and energy targets. However, the question how concrete steps will be shaped still remains. Bjarne Juul-Kristensen from the Danish Energy Agency highlighted the importance of three main elements for successful policy results: policy based on investigation, a well-functioning decision-making process and a well established investigation model.

All representatives of the RES H&C solutions agreed that more support for these technologies is needed at the stage of initial investment.

Our Secretary General Thomas Nowak in his speech explained that the heat pump technology is not only energy efficient and renewable, but can also address energy security and can be used for energy storage.

Paul Hodson, Head of Unit at the European Commission focusing on energy efficiency, admitted the importance of heat pump technologies for energy strategy and said that now it is important to assess how much support does the  technology need more concretely.

EHPA will continue to work with the Commission to make sure that heat pumps are in the picture and renewable heating and cooling attracts more importance.