Energy efficiency first – but we also need to talk about heating and cooling

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The Cool Heating Coalition, aligned with eceee’s vision, regards an energy-efficient economy as the cornerstone of a sustainable future. That’s why coalition director Delia Villagrasa’s column ‘We need to talk about heating and cooling’  was recently published at  Key takeaways:

  • Recent geopolitical tensions, notably the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s gas tactics, underscore the risks of the EU’s fossil fuel dependency, particularly in heating and cooling sectors where gas dominates. Transitioning to sustainable heating and cooling not only mitigates this risk but also enhances the EU’s energy sovereignty.
  • Affordability is paramount, necessitating a shift in financial incentives away from fossil fuels towards clean energy solutions. This ensures equitable access and societal benefits from the energy transition.
  • Despite the multiple benefits and socio-economic potential, the pace of adoption of renewable heating and cooling technologies falls short of climate imperatives. Policy interventions are crucial to accelerate deployment and boost EU industry.

As the Cool Heating Coalition gains momentum, we’re seeking endorsement from, and engagement with, our aligned stakeholders. The upcoming eceee summer study offers an opportunity for dialogue and engagement, and features expert representatives from the Cool Heating Coalition membership, Marco Grippa (ECOS) and Bich Dao (EEB), shedding light on critical issues. It’s a call to collective action for a future where sustainability and prosperity converge!

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