The High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector gathers the leaders of the European sustainable and renewable heat industry associations, organised under the DecarbHeat initiative. The event aims to discuss how the heat sector can contribute to the decarbonisation of the EU energy sector, what policies, technologies and pathways exists and what more needs to be done to put the heating sector on a sustainable path and ensure its cost-effective energy transition towards 2050.
The event is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and DecarbHeat partners and will be attended by around 90 representatives of the heating sector. The Round Table will in four sessions discuss issues of heat decarbonisation pathways and solutions, enabling policies and regulatory ecosystems, including investment and financing needs by 2050. Key speakers include Mr Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission and Mr Paul Voss, Managing Director at Euroheat & Power.
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Heating in our homes and in industry accounts for half of the EU energy consumption. At present, most of the heating is produced from fossil fuels, only 19% is supplied from renewable energy sources, and heating is used inefficiently in 75% of Europe’s buildings. As part of our decarbonisation efforts, we must therefore address heating as a precondition to achieve the EU 2030 energy and climate goals and fulfil the EU commitments under the Paris Agreement.
With the Clean Energy for all Europeans package the Commission proposed in 2016 a framework to deploy renewable, efficient and sustainable heating in our buildings and industry. In June 2018 the European Parliament and the Council agreed on an ambitious new Renewable Energy Directive. The new directive sets a target of 32% renewables' share in the EU final energy consumption by 2030 and an indicative sub-target for the heating and cooling sector requiring an average 1.3 percentage point annual increase in renewables in the period of 2021-2030. District heating and cooling will have to contribute to this sub-target by at least one percentage point annual average increase in renewables. Waste heat and cold are allowed to be used to fulfil these increases, but are capped at 40% of the overall 1.3 percentage point renewable increase requirement. At the same time the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive setting a 32.5% energy saving target by 2030, as well as a new Governance Framework to implement the Clean Energy package under the Energy Union. For the longer term goals beyond 2030, the Commission is proposing a Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy to explore decarbonisation options by 2050 and thus also prepare for the Katowice Climate Change Conference organised under UNFCCC COP 24.
The Commission retains the right to determine participation based on the available number of seats in the meeting room and the scope of the meeting. The participants will receive confirmation via the functional mail box ENER-HEAT-ROUND-TABLE@ec.europa.eu