In a joint statement, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and Solar Heat Europe (ESTIF) three associations representing the renewable heating and cooling (RES-H&C) industries welcome the efforts of the rapporteurs and political groups that have strived for a better compromise on the initial texts of key legislation for the energy sector originally proposed by the European Commission in 2016.
According to the AEBIOM, EGEC and ESTIF the revisions on the Governance Regulation, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), approved by MEPs on January 17, make them fit for the “challenges and commitments” of the next decade.
The first Renewable Energy Directive allowed the RES-electricity sector to boom and become a European success story, the second RED must do the same for the renewable heating and cooling sector in the next decade. Addressing this sector is an unavoidable step if we want to reach full decarbonisation of our economies. It is now up to the Member States to use the new tools provided by the revised legislation to deliver a new success story, for renewable heating in Europe said Pedro Dias, Secretary-General, Solar Heat Europe.
Most notably, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) sets an adequate level of ambition with an annual increase of the RES share in H&C of 2 percentage points in the next decade. The trio notes that as the Member States are not held to a binding target for such a “critical” sector and retain important flexibility and loopholes, uncertainty for renewables in heating and cooling remains.
Provisions for the reporting on the completion of this objective are welcome by the signatories “as a bare minimum” to keep the Member States accountable. The Parliament’s texts, however, head in the right direction with national governments having to deploy measures to move the decarbonisation of the heating sector forward.
The Renewable Energy Directive must respect the Parliament’s position for renewable heating and cooling, which allows these industries to grow, create jobs and expand thanks to a robust internal market. The deployment of RES-HC also helps our societies, fighting energy poverty and improving air quality said Philippe Dumas, Secretary-General, EGEC.
All three directives will be now negotiated in trilogues with the Parliament, Council and the Commission. During these discussions, the Member States and the European Commission will have to act consistently with their position on the Paris objectives and align with the European Parliament’s texts.
Full decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector will have an incredibly positive impact on our economies and I hope Member States will put the right measures in place to accelerate this process and maximise its benefits, commented Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary-General, AEBIOM.