Cooling targets for renewable energy use set out in new EU directive

By District Energy posted 06-19-2018 00:00


Neil Merrett, RAC Plus


A new European Commission agreement to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 32 per cent of the EU’s overall power needs by 2030 has been published. The proposals include specific provisions for cooling and heating functions that will come into effect over the next three years.

Under a provisional deal for a revised renewable energy directive, the industry will be required to increase its use of renewables in cooling installations and heating systems on an annual basis by 1.3 per over a five-year period that commences in 2021.

The commission said in a statement that, “Member states must ensure that information on energy performance and the share of renewables in their district heating and cooling systems is provided to final consumers in an accessible manner.”

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