The first day of the Decarb Heat Forum taking place in Brussels on 11-12 May gathered more than 220 participants including the major players of the heating and cooling industry from all around Europe and relevant policy-makers at European, national, regional and local level. Caroline Haglund Stignor from the Heat Pump Centre participates as a representative from the HPT TCP at the Decarb Heat 2017. The first day of the conference was focused on the policies towards the decarbonisation of cities and industry.
The European heating and cooling sector comprise 51 % of the energy consumption in Europe and contribute to 27 % of Europe’s overall carbon emissions. Decarbonise this industry will be essential in Europe’s transition to a carbon emission free society by mid of this century. Yet, the EU is far from being on track. The heating and cooling industry is conscious of its responsibilities and is therefore launching the DeCarb heat initiative that aims to turn the vision of a 100 % carbon-free, efficient renewable heating and cooling sector in Europe by 2050 into reality. The initiative consist of an Industry Pledge showing the willingness of the thermal industry to take a leading role in the energy transition, as well as, of a Declaration of support open to all stakeholders willing to support the DeCarb Heat vision and to act. The first day of the DeCarb Heat Forum included the DecarbHeat Ceremony in which the representatives of the industry and other major stakeholders had the opportunity to formally sign both the Industry Pledge and the Declaration of Support. By signing it, they show their willingness to make the vision of a 100 % decarbonised European heating and cooling system reality.
During a panel discussion on the topic ”DeCarb Heat from vision to reality” the panelists seemed to have a common view on that to DeCarb the heating sector, there must be a combinations energy efficiency measures and replacement of fossil fuel with renewable energy sources. A combination of technologies, such as heat pumping technology, solar energy, wind energy, bio, district heating, waste heat recovery are needed.
Claude Turmes from MEP European Parliament gave some advices to the heat pump industry, including joining with architects in order to get a good fossil free energy solution the new buildings from the beginning. However, since 80 % of the building stock is already standing and large fraction of that is not energy efficient, heat pumps should be promoted together with energy efficiency measures for the building envelope. Otherwise there is a risk that a market disaster is created that will hit back on the heat pump industry. He also thought that there will be a big market for big heat pumps for district heating and that a greater partnership with other renewable technologies, like solar, wind, bio, geothermal, is needed. In addition i argued that we need a higher target for renewable electricity and that it is important to make a link between renewable electricity and heat pumps.
He concluded stating that we need get the oil and gas industry to pay for their pollution – otherwise there will be no deep renovation regarding energy efficiency!