EVP, Markus Rauramo in European Heating and Cooling Conference in Brussels, 27 February, 2015.
"The heat sector can have a major impact on reaching the EU climate and energy targets for 2030, improving energy efficiency and ensuring security of supply. There is an urgent need for an EU-level heat strategy to promote competition between different heating methods," said Markus Rauramo, Executive Vice President for Fortum's Heat, Electricity Sales and Solutions Division, in his remarks at the European Heating and Cooling conference in Brussels.
The vital contribution of efficient and sustainable district heating networks that are supplied by effective combined heat and power (CHP) should be further acknowledged and more co-ordinated in the EU's energy policy. In order to promote competition between different heating methods, the Commission should speak for wider liberalisation of heat markets, equal competition rules and removal of barriers in order to activate consumers and to enable them to have an influence on their heating solution and related consumption. While
developing the heat market of the future, we need to assess the potential for district heating and CHP development in different member states as well as the potential for utilisation of existing waste heat for district heating supply. It is also of crucial importance to enable the energy recovery from waste heat; this would bring total efficiency to the recycling loop.
"Today, more than 40% of the EU's energy consumption is used for space heating, so any actions that help to improve the efficiency of the sector contribute positively towards the EU's security of supply and the competitiveness of district heating. Concrete actions to promote the use of alternative local fuels, such as waste, biomass and other renewable fuels, in the heating sector can thus help to reduce European dependency on imported fuels. Fortum has invested substantially in bio- and waste-fuelled CHP and heat pumps across the Baltic Rim countries. We continue to screen for further such opportunities," Rauramo noted.
Future heat markets should evolve towards a solution to reach EU environmental targets. District heating, in particular, is a safe, sustainable and reliable solution for providing space heating. In our opinion, resource efficient district heating production fuelled with local resources utilising waste heat should be further promoted.