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Europe needs a carbon price on heat and cooling – EGEC

The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is expected to announce at least a 55 percent target for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in her State of the Union speech on September 16. But it is absolutely crucial the Commission recognizes the importance of decarbonising heating and make this a priority. Carbon pricing covers a major policy loophole, which gave fossil heating a significant competitive advantage over renewable energy solutions says European Geothermal Energy Council.

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Carbon pricing covers a major policy loophole, which gave fossil heating a significant competitive advantage over renewable energy solutions in the European heat market says European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC).

Heating accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption yet 80 percent of this market is dominated by fossil fuels, which benefit from direct and indirect subsidies that lockout geothermal energy and other renewable energy technologies. A uniform carbon price across Europe can address this unfair distortion of the internal market.

Extending the EU Emissions Trading System to heating is an important step in accelerating the energy transition in buildings and delivering carbon neutrality by 2050. A robust carbon price sufficient to drive transformative change is key to the race against the clock to tackle the climate emergency, said Sanjeev Kumar, Head of Policy, at EGEC Geothermal

EGEC Geothermal says that it supports all carbon pricing schemes alongside the immediate removal of direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies. The inclusion of fossil heating and cooling suppliers in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is an important feature of a comprehensive package of climate reforms.

The revenues raised from the sale of EU ETS auction allowances can be recycled back into direct investments in renewable energy renovations, especially for the most disadvantaged households.

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