EGEC Geothermal’s reaction to the Renovation Wave & Commission Recommendation on energy poverty.
EGEC Geothermal welcomes the proposal of the European Commission’s Communication “Renovation Wave for Europe – greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives”. EGEC particularly appreciates the effort to strengthen the existing renewable heating and cooling target (article 23 of the RES Directive) in accordance with the proposed higher climate target for 2030 and to introduce a requirement to use minimum levels of renewables in buildings (article 15 of the RED).
EGEC Geothermal Head of Policy Sanjeev Kumar underlined that “50% of our heating and cooling needs can and must be covered by renewable energy in 2030”. Given the priority placed on renewable heating in both flagship Renovation Wave as well as energy system integration initiatives, Article 23 must now become a binding EU target to ensure half of the EU’s heating and cooling consumption is derived from renewable sources by 2030. The annual percentage point in the share of renewable must be increased from 1.3 to 3.1. This is the most optimal means of embedding the Renovation Wave into EU legislation and complements the inclusion of buildings in the EU ETS.
Over 75% of the heating demand today is met by fossil fuels. Reducing this burden leads to a direct reduction in methane and CO2 emissions, improves the security of supply situation, and avoids billions in stranded fossil infrastructure investments whilst reducing energy bills and tackling the climate crisis.
EGEC welcomes the key principles for building renovation towards 2030 and 2050. In particular, we support:
The Commission Recommendation on energy poverty highlights the need to tackle heat poverty with affordable and clean heating and cooling. Article 1 of the proposal recommends delivering the internal energy market, rather than an internal market for gas.
“The privileged position of conventional fossil gas needs to be replaced with an Internal Market for Heat” commented Philippe Dumas, EGEC secretary general.
EGEC recommends a full review of the impact of the competitive distortion of the Internal Market for Gas legal base as well as its associated direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies on the provision of renewable heating and cooling services, particularly competition from geothermal energy sources. Furthermore, EGEC calls for the establishment of a fully competitive, secure and cost-effective Internal Market for Heat which removes the privileged position of fossil gas.
Sanjeev Kumar / Head of Policy / firstname.lastname@example.org