European Parliament Vows Support for RE Heating and Cooling

EU Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs announced in the plenary session of the European Parliament that a legislative initiative will be presented at some point this year on promoting the use of renewable energy for heating and cooling.

He was reacting to the call of the European Parliament in the related initiative report “Heating and cooling from renewable energy sources”, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority (519:60). “This is a huge success for the European Parliament and for the future of the European energy supply”, said Mechtild Rothe, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur of the report and President of EUFORES. Pursuant to the Parliament, the directive shall set as a target at least a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector within Europe until 2020. Only about 10% of the heating installations in Europe use biomass, solar energy and geothermal energy to heat European houses. The European Parliamentarians ask for ambitious national targets and for reliable national support schemes which shall lead to the cost effectiveness of renewable energy technologies. The design of the support instruments shall remain in the competence of the EU Member States. Furthermore, the reduction of administrative barriers, the promotion of research and development as well as widespread information campaigns shall be pushed forward. “The strong support of my report from all political groups and the announcement of the Commissioner send out strong signals: Renewable energy has to be supported and strengthened for a more secure energy supply, a better and sound environment as well as for the competitiveness and the potential of innovation within Europe,” Rothe said. “Therefore, I expect from the EU spring summit a strong commitment for an energy strategy which focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency. It would be unjustifiable in economic and ecologic terms not to use the huge potential of renewable energy sources.”
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