The European Commission’s Energy Strategy sets out to tackle the vast use of energy in the cooling and heating sector across the continent.
The strategy includes plans to increase the use renewable energy and encourage reuse of waste heat and cold generated by industry by:
- boosting the energy efficiency of buildings and
- improve linkages between electricity systems and district heating systems
In turn, the European Commission wants Europe to decarbonise building stock by 2050. Key to this is a series of mandates for current and future building stock. Such as the development of toolbox measures to ease renovation of multi-apartment buildings, via modern heating and cooling equipment, such as heat pumps, insulation materials and advisory recommendations.
An estimated energy consumption reduction within the HVAC industry is forecasted to see a 4 to 5% decrease by 2030 and 8 to 10% decrease by 2050. With the share of renewable energies potentially reaching 30% and development technologies to aid industry decarburnisation, while making production processes become 30 to 50% less energy intensive.
Financial support for the distribution of renewable energy technology is available through a range of resources including:
- the European Structural and Investment Funds
- the EU Horizon 2020 Programme for research and development
- the Integrated Strategic Energy Technology Plan
By utilising various technologies such as, including direct feed via district heating systems, to be used in buildings through a district network can change the way in which waste heat and cold produced by industrial and power generation installations.
Commenting on the announcement, European manufacturers’ association EPEE said: “The strategy contains many positive elements, such as advocating for a technology neutral approach, asserting that the consumer should be at the heart of this strategy, and highlighting the need for attractive financing to properly renovate buildings.
The Power Prospectives 2030, has concluded the costings of decarburisation has remained within coherent ranges throughout the decades. However, the expenditure reasoning behind decarburisation needs to switch from costings (Opex) to investment (Capex). By adopting this viewpoint, those operating within the HVAC industry can promote a unique selling proposition to the market as well as ensuring government compliance before time requires. Driving innovative approach within business operations can impact business immensely. Not only will market leading carbon efficient R&D path the way to a successful future, it will also ensure a cleaner, safer, cost effective future for those to follow.
The European Commission claim, improving building efficiency will strengthen the reliability of energy performance certificates (EPC’s), and will be assessed in the upcoming review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. By providing clear information to consumers and investors on renewable energy in buildings, could create widespread usage. As investments made on old buildings and apartments heating and ventilation systems can beneficially impact both tenants and owners.
Household consumers are also expected to reap the rewards of The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) newly proposed priced cap. A potential rise in targeted marketing materials received from energy suppliers if and when the CMA agree to open databases of those on standard tariffs for periods over 3 years. This can be perceived in serval ways, one of which is the volume of targeted marketing being referred to as spam, sent by the remainder of market competitors to entice potential customers to pursue their product offerings. Although, others may view it as an opportunity for customers to base their decision on energy suppliers upon clear and transparent advice and service offerings. Taking away from the suppliers’ power and shifting the buying power over to the customer. Whichever way the open database decision is perceived, the end result, which could be lower energy costs for the paying customer, is a result millions within the UK can celebrate.
Download the Roadmap Power Prospectives 2030 executive summary here
Download the CMA Energy Market Investigation here