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Why the Eurovent Association did not sign the ‘DecarbHeat’ initiative (GEN – 778.00)

26 May 2017

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2017-05 - DecarbHeat
General

Why the Eurovent Association did not sign the ‘DecarbHeat’ initiative (GEN – 778.00)

26 May 2017

2 min read

GEN – 778.00. The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) recognised that there is, notwithstanding declarations by politicians, no real model to develop a decarbonised energy system for the European Union by 2050. To address this issue, EHPA started an initiative called ‘DecarbHeat’, which would develop policy guidance, asking policy makers to define framework conditions that put a price on carbon. The Eurovent Association did not sign this initiative. An explanation…

The initiative’s objective is to increase the competitiveness of no-emission technologies in the heating sector. EHPA has asked associations and interested stakeholders to support their campaign, and to define a 2050 vision and a possible trajectory on how to get there.

Within Eurovent, the national associations have been asked for an opinion. This feedback was mixed. Our northern member associations were largely in favour of supporting such an initiative. This is very much due to the fact that at least one Scandinavian country has already forbidden the use of fossil (gas and oil-fired) boilers.

The associations in the larger central European countries favour a good equilibrium within their energy mix, meaning that all energy sources must have equal chances on the market.

Manufacturers produce different types of equipment that use various energy sources. The trend towards a decarbonized economy is on the horizon and needs to be approached in a careful manner as the various products from boilers to heat pumps can be scrutinised for specific carbon aspects.

Decarbonising the energy system is laudable. Yet, in the current climate, the Eurovent Association has opted not to support the ‘DecarbHeat’ initiative, so that the industry can prepare at its pace for future developments and this for all types of appliances and energy sources.

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