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EHI Press Release: The EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling

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Multi-technology – heating our homes, not the planet


Europe has taken the first step towards shaping the future of its heating and cooling sector: the EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling was published by the European Comission 16 February 2016.


EHI, the Association of the European Heating Industry, covering about 90% of the heating market in Europe recognises the Strategy as a turning point in Europe’s energy policy. We welcome a flexible Strategy that aims to create an efficient and decarbonised European heating and cooling market, while reaffirming the need for action on local, regional and national levels.


Ulrich Schmidt, Chairman of the European Heating Industry association (EHI) and Executive Vice President of Bosch ThermoTechnology, said:

“The immediate priority of the Strategy should be to modernize the installed stock of heaters. Heating and cooling today account for half of the EU energy consumption, but a large part of this energy is wasted because 65% of the installed stock of heaters in Europe is old and inefficient. While the size of the challenge is considerable, there is good news: there are many efficient and renewable heating technologies available already today, enough to fulfil the EU energy efficiency targets. We need to identify the right way forward to motivate the owners to start replacing.


The energy label, introduced only 4 months ago, can help. However, this can happen only if the energy label promotes the best available technologies in a reliable way. This is why our industry argues that a rescaling of heaters labels should only be triggered by overpopulation of products in the top two classes of the energy scale. Otherwise it would lead to a downgrade of efficient products which are important for the modernization of the installed stock in Europe. ”


Federica Sabbati, Secretary General of EHI said: “Energy efficiency should be an essential part of the transition towards the decarbonization of buildings. Energy efficiency is of great value, especially in the short and medium run, because it reduces Europe’s dependence from external supply and contributes to CO2 reduction targets.


Today renewable heating is still marginally deployed but renewable heating technologies exist, and they are the proud innovation of our European industry. Technologies such as “condensing”, for example, have the potential to facilitate the penetration of renewable heat, such as solar thermal or heat pumps, through hybrids.


A real political commitment to energy efficiency first is needed to motivate the consumer uptake of energy efficient solutions and behaviours.”


The European Heating Industry is of the opinion that the heating and cooling strategy should promote a multi-technology approach. We cannot close our eyes to the differences in type, age and use of buildings, heat demand, physical feasibility, climate conditions, available energy supplies and - not least - consumer preferences among different European regions and Member States. A Heating Strategy that recognises the role of all efficient and renewable heating solutions is an important step towards reaching the European energy and climate goals.


The investment of our industry for research and development in energy efficient and renewable technologies amounted in 2014 alone to EUR 700 million. The challenge is to increase consumer awareness about the (in)efficiency of their heater, in order for them to benefit from the innovation which industry brings to the market. One of the initiatives to this end is the energy efficiency label for installed heaters:
Check out the first introduction of the Energy Label for installed heaters here!