EPEE & EU Energy Attachés highlight the role that the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry plays within National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs)
On 5 September 2019, EPEE hosted a roundtable with European Energy attachés from different Member States to discuss the key issues to be considered in the revision of their National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) and how the HVAC-R industry can help address them. It was an opportunity for participants to share ideas and address questions on how the sector could contribute to energy efficiency targets.
Theodora Petroula, Energy Savings Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-Europe), highlighted the importance of National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and National long term strategies (LTSs), as the main tools of the Governance Regulation. She then briefly presented CAN-Europe Assessment of draft NECPs, underlining “they do not address the urgency of climate change as they do not reflect the scale of the action needed to speed up the transition. Member States should use their NECPs to accelerate climate action that is compatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement”. The intervention concluded with the remark that national stakeholders need to participate in the discussions, as “the public participation is key to increase legitimacy and ownership”.
Andrea Voigt, EPEE’s Director General, reiterated the top five priorities that EPEE recommends Member States’ focus on when revising their NECPs, including tapping into the full potential of technical building systems, ensuring more effective market surveillance and enforcing the F-Gas Regulation. She explained: “We do not need improved new measures. We need to implement existing ones, recognizing the potential of heating and cooling, and establishing drivers at national level to promote an integrated approach.”
Following Andrea Voigt’s intervention, Danish, Estonian and Croatian Energy attachés provided insights into their NECPs as well as further actions to be taken in view of finalizing the plans.
Croatian Energy Attaché Željko Krevzelj talked about the way heating and cooling can contribute through building efficiency gains. He described the efforts to build an integrated approach in the Croatian NECP between the national Long-term Renovation Strategy, its Energy Development Strategy and its Low Emissions Development Strategy. These three initiatives form the basis for meeting Croatia’s EU commitments for 2030 and beyond.
Danish Energy Attaché Edward James-Smith talked about his country’s success in implementing district heating solutions, highlighting the importance of these systems in integrating renewables. He stressed the importance of sector coupling, noting that heating and cooling is often an economically efficient way of increasing flexibility in the electricity system.
Commenting on her country’s experience, Estonian attaché Kristiina Tammeraid stated that the NECP process has brought together different government ministries, as well as different sectors of the economy in search of integrated approaches. She also noted the recent spread of heat-pump solutions in Estonia, and the popular support that ambitious renovation projects have received in her country.
Karlis Goldstein, DG ENER, European Commission, gave an extensive overview of the current status of the NECPs and next steps. He explained: “All 28 Member States received recommendations related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Member States tended to mirror the information that was readily available at the time of drafting due to the time constraints, and now they need to look a bit further. Heating and cooling can contribute to reaching the greenhouse gas emission reductions target and the European Commission will look at the final plans to see how Member States plan to achieve this”. In his address to the participants Mr. Goldstein insisted that communication between the different levels of stakeholders is crucial: “We need an open discussion – Member States should consult and consider talking to municipalities so that they would be more engaged in this overall process. It should be an exchange of views”.
Closing the event, Andrea Voigt stated, “Many participants addressed “cooling” referring to the building sector. However, cooling is not only relevant for buildings – it is an important element for the food industry to prevent food waste, but also for the pharmaceutical sector and many others – these can all make a high contribution to Member States’ NECPs when properly understood and recognized as such.”
See CAN-Europe presentation, EPEE’s presentation as well as the European Commission’s.
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