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IEA analyst: A heating and cooling target ‘could make a big difference’

By District Energy posted 03-27-2018 00:00


Sam Morgan, Euractive

Factors like cheaper installation costs and appliances mean that renewables will be hard-pressed to outdo natural gas in heating. But systems like district heating could help level the playing field. [Shutterstock]


As talks on the EU’s renewable energy rules resume, one of the main talking points is how to decarbonise the heating sector, and deploy technologies like heat pumps and district heating. The International Energy Agency’s Ute Collier told EURACTIV in an interview that the task is complex and difficult.

Ute Collier is senior programme leader at the International Energy Agency’s renewables division. She is the author of the 2018 publication, Renewable heat policies: Delivering clean heat solutions for the energy transition.

She spoke to EURACTIV’s energy and environment reporter, Sam Morgan.

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