Heating and cooling constitutes around half of the EU's final energy consumption and is the biggest energy end-use sector, ahead of transport and electricity.
Around 85% of heating and cooling is produced from natural gas, coal, oil products and non-RES electricity. Only 15% is generated from renewable energy. This shows that the heating and cooling sector has a crucial role to play in the EU's transition towards an energy efficient and decarbonised energy system and in achieving long term energy security. The challenge is to moderate demand for heating and cooling, to increase energy efficiency in supply, to maximise the use of renewable energy and to reduce the cost of heating and cooling to affordable levels for all.
In order to provide a framework for integrating efficient heating and cooling into EU energy policies the Commission proposed an EU heating and cooling strategy on the 16 February2016.
The activities carried by the EASME aim at supporting the new Heating and Cooling Strategy of the European Commission by providing support to projects addressing the challenges above mentioned.
A total of 16 projects have been selected under the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Calls 2014-2015 that provide direct support to the research, innovation and demonstration and to the market uptake of energy efficient and renewable heating and cooling solutions. Altogether EU funding amounts EUR 37 million. These projects enlarge the list of heating and cooling actions supported by the European Commission as part of the FP7 and Intelligent Energy Europe programme.
This overview of projects managed by the EASME gathers market uptake activities in support of the new Heating and Cooling strategy.