Lunch Debate: The costs of a low level of ambition in greening the heating & cooling sector

| 30th January 2019 form 12.00 to 13.30 at Members Salon, European Parliament, Brussels


30 January 2019

12.00 - 13.30

Members Salon, European Parliament, Brussels

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Too low ambition in the fight against climate change will be expensive in the long run, and can have catastrophic effects on our planet. Together with the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), MEP and President of EUFORES Jeppe Kofod is hosting a lunch-event to discuss the costs of too low ambition in the heating and cooling sector.


Earlier this year, the German Renewable Energy Association (BEE) published a report on the economic effects of the exchange of boilers in the residential sector. The report aims to demystify the idea that a simple boiler replacement would be appropriate to reach climate objectives and suggests using renewable energy instead.


Speakers and panelists will represent a variety of stakeholders: policy-makers, industry representatives and NGO representatives.


The event will take place on the 30th of January, in the European Parliament, in the Members Salon from 12.00 to 13.30.





12.10 Opening by EUFORES President and MEP Jeppe Kofod


12.15 “Transformation of the Heating Sector – cleaner fossils as a bridge for renewables?” by Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Vice-President of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) and Board Member, German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE).


12.30 “The cost of bad action – why going net-zero is the right thing to do” by Roland Joebstl, European Environmental Bureau (EEB).


12.45 Panel debate with MEPs Jeppe Kofod, Theresa Griffin, Bendt Bendtsen and Gesine Meissner moderated by Thomas Nowak, Secretary general of the European Heat Pump Association, with questions from the audience


13.30 Closing remarks by EUFORES President and MEP Jeppe Kofod



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