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European Sustainable Energy week
2020 renewables targets: EU Commission urges new measures for geothermal heat technologiesTowards an EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling: Key recommendations from the renewable heat industriesDon’t cap renewables and efficiency: Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations.
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With the launch of the consultation on the EU heat strategy today at EUSEW2015, EGEC, AEBIOM, and ESTIF remind all stakeholders that energy efficiency and renewables need to work in synergy for European security, competitiveness and sustainability.
The EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling is the result of the increasingly positive attention policy-makers have been giving the Heating and Cooling (H&C) sector, and is a fundamental step in the recognition of its key role in the overall EU climate and energy objectives. The Strategy has the potential to lay solid and long-lasting foundations. The main objective of the Heat Strategy should be to define a pathway to achieve a sustainable, competitive and secure heat sector for Europe. Existing and upcoming policy initiatives should be developed in a coherent way as exposed in the document attached.
Key recommendations for the renewable heat industry:
- More attention should be paid to the energy system as a whole. Renewables for heating and cooling are available and are ready to deliver. Their potential needs to be fully reached.
- A level playing field in the heat sector is not yet in place. Urgently, fossil fuels subsidies must be phased-out and their externalities priced.
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency go hand in hand. They must be addressed at the same time as they face similar barriers and can generate synergies.
- Special attention should be paid to the correct implementation of existing legislation, which should be strengthened beyond 2020.
- Policy makers should also promote awareness by informing individual, commercial, and industrial consumers as well as local public authorities and installers about all available options.
- RD&I in renewable heat technologies is needed to reduce costs, enhance system performance, and facilitate their integration. For the long-term the objective is to reach higher temperatures, which will be essential to decarbonise all industrial sectors.
Don’t cap renewables and efficiency: Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations
The European Council’s guidance from last year for 2030 targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency falls far short of the EU’s potentials.
Without tapping those potentials, the EU will miss out on major benefits for the economy, employment, energy security and climate action. Ending the historic bias
towards fossil fuels requires higher ambition on energy efficiency and renewables.
Renewables are already the fastest growing power source around the world. The renewables industry had already created 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs by 2012
and could represent as many as 3.4 million jobs in 2030 in the EU . Like European Commissioner President Jean-Claude Juncker, we want Europe to become the world
number one in renewable energies.
Meanwhile, tapping the EU’s cost-effective potential for energy efficiency, which stands at 40% by 2030,would cut gas imports by 40%, increase GDP by 4.45% 
and – coupled with more renewables – allow Europe to deliver well beyond 50% greenhouse gas emissions cuts in 2030 .
Europe can’t afford to miss out on these benefits.