for an EU Directive to promote Renewable Heating and Cooling - 25% by 2020
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A broad coalition of business associations, parliamentary networks, NGOs, universities, the IEA-SHC and other organizations from 19 EU Member States launched last week a joint declaration urging for an EU directive to promote of renewable heating and cooling (solar thermal, biomass, geothermal). Together, these organizations represent millions of EU citizens and hundreds of thousand of jobs.
Initiated by the European Renewable Energy Council, the declaration calls upon the EU Institutions to act in the missing field of legislation: the neglected giant of renewable heating and cooling.
At the press conference in Brussels, Ole Pilgaard, member of the EREC Board of Directors and President of ESTIF (European Solar Thermal Industry Federation) said: "Europe claims to be at the forefront of renewable energy development worldwide., which is true. But looking at the facts Europe is only at the forefront of developing renewable electricity technologies so far. This is a good and important start, but not enough. In order to develop the full potential of renewables, clear and coherent legislative action is needed in the field of renewable heating and cooling as well."
Nearly half of the European energy consumption originates in the heating sector, but there is not yet one piece of legislation on European level in place that aims to increase the share of renewable heating and cooling production.
The promotion of renewable heating and cooling production is necessary to fulfill the EU targets in the renewable energy sector. It will also significantly contribute to the reduction of the EU's energy import dependence, to the reduction of greenhouse gases and to the creation of sustainable jobs.
Stephan Singer from the European Policy Office of WWF stated "Europe needs to develop stronger policies to promote renewable energies in all sectors. A directive for renewable heating and cooling with a legally-binding target of 25% by 2020 will be extremely important to cut CO2 emissions over and beyond the Kyoto targets which all need to be strengthened post 2012 to protect the climate".