#DecarbHeat. A carbon neutral economy in 2050 needs to prioritise heating and cooling

The 28th of November 2018, policymakers and industry gathered at the Committee of the Regions on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector, a joint event organised by the European Commission and the Decarb Heat Initiative partners. On the very same day the European Commission launched its Long-term Emissions Reduction Strategy: Strategy for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all.

Being responsible for 50% of final energy consumption in Europe, addressing heat will be crucial for reaching a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. In order to make this vision become a reality, priority must be given to the decarbonation of the heating and cooling sector.

Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission, made an opening speech emphasizing:
“the heating and cooling sector represents the largest source of energy demand in Europe. Our present system is often inefficient, polluting and based on old technologies. Making it smart, modern, clean and performant is instrumental for global decarbonisation and will be beneficial for our economy and all Europeans.”

Read the full Press Release here.

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About Decarb Heat
The Decarb Heat Initiative has been launched by Bioenergy Europe, COGEN Europe, European Heat Pump Association, Euroheat & Power, European Geothermal Energy Council, European Partnership for Energy and the Environment and Solar Heat Europe/ESTIF. We bring together major players of the H&C industry behind one clear vision: a carbon neutral, efficient European H&C sector by 2050. In order to modernise our H&C supply, we advocate for massively deploying cutting-edge local renewable and energy efficient H&C solutions across Europe’s economy.

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