A climate-neutral building stock by 2050 is crucial to achieve carbon-neutrality for the whole European economy. Therefore, the Renovation Wave for Buildings should accelerate the replacement of the tens of millions of old, inefficient heating and cooling systems installed in Europe’s buildings with new, highly efficient and renewable-based ones.
The good news is that these technologies already exist. In heating: from condensing boilers already working with biomethane to electric and gas heat pumps, from hybrids to solar thermal, from micro-combined heat and power to fuel cells, from thermal energy storage to digital energy managements systems. And other technologies are in the making, to integrate new renewable sources of energy. Also in cooling, constant innovation brings efficiency gains and ever-increasing performance to new appliances. Depending on the building, climate conditions and preferences of consumers, different heating and cooling technologies can be used for renovation projects.
"Heat pumps are an efficient and well-proven technology that can provide both, heating and cooling. This will be more and more important for healthy and comfortable indoor conditions, considering increasing temperatures coming with a greater need for cooling throughout Europe," says Andrea Voigt, Director General of EPEE.
But the replacement of old appliances is not proceeding fast enough. How to accelerate it? First, by financing upfront investments in heating and cooling technologies for renovation will be essential, for example with national scrapping schemes or green mortgages. Indeed, while these investments pay back over time, there are still important upfront costs.
"Renovation packages that include financial incentives and make the heater replacement easy and stress free for the end consumer are important tools that should be pushed for by the European Commission and the member states in the upcoming renovation strategy. Similarly, new players that build their business on modern business models, i.e. using the economic value of demand side flexibility, reduce the end-user cost for the investment. From a technical perspective, the latest generation of heat pumps is feasible to replace fossil fuel heating systems. It is mostly economic barriers that need to be overcome”, says Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of the European Heat pump association.
And crucially focus on consumers and installers: "There can be no renovation wave of heating in buildings without people: they should be in charge to choose the most suitable heating system for their building. This means being aware of the efficiency gains achievable with new heating systems; having the means to afford the upfront replacement costs and easily finding skilled installers to bring efficient technologies to your home”, says Federica Sabbati, Secretary General of EHI.
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EHI, the association of the European Heating Industry, represents 90% of the European market for heat and hot water generation, heating controls and heat emitters, 75% of the hydronic heat pump market, 80% of the biomass central heating market (pellets, wood) and 70% of the solar thermal market. EHI Members produce advanced technologies for heating in buildings, including: heating systems, burners, boilers, heat pumps, components and system integrators, radiators, surface heating & cooling and renewable energy systems. In doing so, we employ directly more than 125.000 people in Europe and invest over 1 billion euros a year in energy efficiency.
The Brussels based European Heat Pump Association aisbl (EHPA) represents the majority of the European heat pump industry. It has currently 130 members from all parts of the industry's value chain: heat pump and component manufacturers, research institutes, universities, testing labs and energy agencies.
Its key goal is to promote awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European marketplace for residential, commercial and industrial applications. EHPA coordinates the European Quality label for heat pumps and the CEN Heat pump KEYMARK. It compiles the annual sales statistics and market outlook (stats.ehpa.org) and organises several events, among them the EU heat pump forum (www.hp-forum.eu).
For more information, please contat Oliver Jung, EU Affairs manager, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Eirini Litina, Senior Communication manager, +32 (2) 400 10 17, email@example.com or visit www.ehpa.org.
The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of over 50 member companies as well as national and international associations from three continents (Europe, North America, Asia).
With manufacturing sites and research and development facilities across the EU, which innovate for the global market, EPEE member companies realize a turnover of over 30 billion Euros, employ more than 200,000 people in Europe and also create indirect employment through a vast network of small and medium-sized enterprises such as contractors who install, service and maintain equipment. As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies. Please see our website (http://www.epeeglobal.org) for further information.
As part of the activities EPEE and its members are undertaking to raise awareness on sustainable cooling, EPEE will launch a broader #CountOnCooling campaign. The EPEE White Paper “Count on Cooling: A five-step approach to deliver sustainable cooling” examines the crucial role of cooling in the 21st century.
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