The upcoming February release of the EU strategy on heating and cooling is designed to give further input to this process.
The key EU target is to reduce carbon emissions. The strengthened EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) should be the main driver of energy efficiency in the sectors covered, while additional EU and national-level activities should focus on non-ETS sectors. Targets and measures related to energy efficiency and renewable energy should be more flexible for national implementation as they are the main tools for achieving carbon reduction. The main part of the heating and cooling sectors in Europe today fall outside the ETS, while heating and cooling represent roughly half of the EU's total energy consumption. Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sectors will further help to prioritise security of energy supply in the EU.
Fortum believes that for the upcoming review of the EED and the related target-setting towards 2030, the following points should be enhanced:
- A European-level binding target to reduce emissions would be relevant. EED and RED should focus on non-ETS sectors.
- The timing of energy consumption is becoming as important as the consumed amount
- Customers and end-users should be at the core
- Scalable fast-track needed towards a low-carbon economy and energy efficiency by DHC and CHP
- The combination of binding targets and binding measures under article 7 of the EED to be reconsidered
- National flexibility between energy efficiency obligation schemes (EEOS) and alternative measures should be continued
Harri-Pekka Korhonen, Head of Heat Policies and Regulation, Fortum Corporation
harri [dot] korhonen [at] fortum [dot] com or +358 50 452 9321
Monika Kuusela, Senior Manager, Heat Policies and Regulation, Fortum Corporation
monika [dot] kuusela [at] fortum [dot] com or +358 40 822 7054