The Association of the European Heating Industry’s conference, “Heating in the spotlight: delivering energy efficiency”, brought together industry leaders and stakeholders to debate how the heating sector can best contribute to reaching the EU energy goals.
Opening up the discussion, European Heating Industry (EHI) chairman Ulrich Schmidt noted: “As heating industry, we love energy efficiency. Every year, our industry invests more than half a billion Euro in Research & Development for energy efficiency.
“The largest opportunity for improving the energy efficiency of European buildings lays in the replacement of the vast majority of old and less efficient heating equipment with state-of-the-art heating systems.
“Replacing the heating system alone, will bring an energy efficiency gain of at least 20 per cent compared to current levels. Such savings, close to 97 million tonnes of oil equivalent, are comparable to the entire annual energy demand of the Netherlands and Ireland together.”
Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger emphasised: “The transformation of our EU energy system means a huge increase in energy efficiency - it is a big challenge if we want to meet our ambitions for 2050: primary energy demand should drop in the range of 16 to 20 per cent by 2030, and more than 32 per cent by 2050.
“The current positive trend of improving energy efficiency in space heating has to be reinforced. We need a pragmatic and flexible solution, to cover up to 100 per cent of our buildings – a broader picture with more renewables, but also taking advantage of the gains from efficient and affordable fossil fuel solutions”.