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 May 22, 2024
 
Welcome to ASHRAE's European Policy and Funding Update! This monthly publication features information on policy and funding-related activities of interest to ASHRAE members in Europe. Archives of previous updates are available from the ASHRAE European Policy and Funding Updates webpage.
EU Regulatory Updates
 
New Cool Heating Coalition
 
On 19 March, the Cool Heating Coalition (CHC) was launched. The purpose of this new European alliance is to foster sustainable, renewable, and affordable heating and cooling by 2040. In its newly released statement, the coalition identifies a set of policy recommendations for strengthening the European heating and cooling sector. First, the coalition calls for making decarbonized heating and cooling the core of the 2040 climate targets agenda. Secondly, they recommend developing a strategic heating and cooling decarbonization action plan and dedicated plans for each renewable technology. Crucially, CHC suggests increasing the availability of funds for the energy transition through a new Climate and Just Transformation Fund in the post-NextGenerationEU period. Finally, the alliance is convinced that the EU must end fossil fuel subsidies, redirect carbon revenue to vulnerable groups, and make heating and cooling solutions accessible for low- and middle-income households.
 

 
EU National Updates
 
EHPA study finds that the EU countries are off track for clean heat
 
On 25 April, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) published a study entitled “EU countries off track for clean heat” to assess the clean heat readiness in 12 EU countries, namely Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and Sweden. The study found that the current policies fall short of encouraging a wide-scale uptake of clean heating and cooling systems. Overall, Lithuania, Finland, and France show the strongest approaches to implementing clean heat, whereas Hungary, Poland, Croatia, and Czechia lag behind in implementation with limited plans to phase out fossil fuels.
 
Thus, the EHPA urges the next European Commission and national governments to place clean heating and cooling at the heart of the EU political agenda. As to the policy support, EHPA suggests de-incentivizing the sale of new fossil fuel boilers as soon as possible and phasing out the use of fossil fuels in buildings by 2040 at the latest. Moreover, it calls for more encouraged uptake of clean heating technologies through clean heating standards, the Heat Pump Action Plan, and a revised heating and cooling strategy. Finally, EGHPA recommends setting clear heating and cooling targets in National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and in National Building Renovation Plans (NBRPs).
 

 
 
France on its way to produce one million heat pumps a year
 
On 15 April, the French Minister of Economy and Energy, Bruno Le Maire, unveiled the government’s plan to boost its heat pump industry amidst the slowdown in European heat pump manufacturing. In September 2023, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France must produce one million heat pumps before the end of 2027. Le Maire and his Minister Delegate in charge of Energy and Industry, Roland Lescure, revealed that France is planning to deliver on this. The plan crucially will be based on two key elements. Firstly, to drive demand, the regulatory and administrative process for installing heat pumps on roofs will be simplified, in line with the government’s broader aim of cutting red tape. Among the various schemes to help consumers purchase heat pumps through ‘MaPrimeRénov’, the state aid for owners to carry out renovation work in their homes, and energy saving certificates. Secondly, the state plans to provide direct support to manufacturers, based on the EU’s ongoing efforts towards the deployment of green industries. The French scheme plans to support the building of factories through tax credits, which could reach up to €200 million per factory in investment aid.
 

 
 
UK Government earmarks £557 million for public buildings to switch to cleaner heating
 
On 15 May, the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero revealed that the government earmarked £557 million for public buildings to switch to cleaner heating and save on energy bills. The aid will be directed to schools, pools, and hospitals, to make energy-efficient upgrades, and businesses with high energy use will receive funding to help cut bills and emissions. More precisely, schools, hospitals, and other public buildings will benefit from £530 million to help install low-carbon heating and energy-saving measures. Businesses with high energy use will also receive support to cut their bills with £27.5 million in government funding. The new projects are a step closer to saving taxpayers an estimated £650 million per year to 2037 and will deliver further progress towards net zero.
 

 
EHPA online event on the heat pump technology innovation
 
On 22 May 2024, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) will host an online event “Pushing for Innovation in Heat Pump Technology”. During the event, the winners of the 2023 Heat Pump Awards will showcase their groundbreaking projects in heat pump technology.
 
More information is available here, while the registration is available here.
 

 
Euractiv online event on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
 
On 23 May 2024, Euractiv will host an online event entitled “Building a sustainable future - the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive”. Among the topics to be discussed during the event, are the feasibility of implementing the measures of the EU Member States, the existing initiatives addressing energy efficiency and renovation of buildings as well as compatibility of EPBD with the EU’s climate ambitions.
 
More information is available here, while registration is available here.
 

 
Cool Heating Coalition webinar
 
On 28 May 2024, the Cool Heating Coalition will hold a webinar “Fahrenheit 2040: heating and cooling in the EU”. This webinar will gather together the Cool Heating Coalition membership, policymakers, aligned organisations, industry representatives and the media to consider the outlook and options for heating and cooling decarbonisation by 2040, based on the Öko-Institut’s assessment of the current EU policy framework.
 
More information is available here.
 

 
EHPA event on district heating
 
On 6 June, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) along with Scotland Europe, will host an event entitled “Bridging Borders: Collaborative Solutions for European District Heating”. The panel will discuss strategies for maximizing the impact of EU funding on district heating development, reflect on the innovative technologies helping to develop the district heating sector, and look at the role of district heating in helping to achieve a more climate-neutral society.
 
More information is available here, while registration is available here.
 

 
Boost Renewables, Slash Emissions: Initiatives and tools for heating & cooling
 
On 20 June, an alliance of REDI4Heat, IN-PLAN, and ConnectHeat will host a webinar “Boost Renewables, Slash Emissions: Initiatives and tools for heating & cooling”. The webinar will explore the transformative initiatives of three EU projects funded under the LIFE Program, and discover they are mobilizing national, regional, and local authorities to drive sustainable energy and climate agendas forward.
 
More information is available here, while the registration is available here.
 

 
European Heat Pump Forum & Award 2024
 
On 25-26 September 2024, the European Heat Pump Association will host the European Heat Pump Forum & Award. The event will gather top policymakers and industry actors to celebrate the EHPA’s 24th anniversary.
 
More information is available here.
 

 
Glossary
EU

EUROPEAN COMMISSION: The European Commission is made up of 27 Commissioners, 1 for each Member State, and represents the interests of the EU as a whole. Every Commissioner is in charge of a Directorate-General (DG) that can be compared to a Ministry at national level. The European Commission proposes legislation in the form of Regulations and Directives and submits them to the Parliament and Council for discussion and adoption.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: The European Parliament is made up of 705 MEPs (see below) that are directly elected by EU citizens in 27 Member States.

MEP: Member of the European Parliament, a co-legislator within the EU that is made up of representatives from political parties throughout Member States.  

COUNCIL OF THE EU: Co-legislator, made up of representatives from Member State Governments. Has a six-month rotating presidency, currently held by the Czech Republic until the end of 2022. 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL: The European Council is made up of the leaders of the EU member states, commonly known as EU27. It defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities but does not pass laws.

REGULATION: EU legislative act that is binding in its entirety and is to be applied in its entirety across the EU by all EU Member States.

DIRECTIVE: EU legislative act that sets out a goal that all EU Member States must achieve. However, it is up to the EU Member States to adopt their own laws on how to achieve the EU goals enshrined in the Directive. 

HORIZON EUROPE: is the EU’s main and biggest Research and Innovation programme for the period of 2021-2027. The programme has an overall funding of €95,5 billion. The program is divided into three pillars: open science, global challenges & industrial competitiveness and open innovation.  
 
INVESTEU: The InvestEU Programme builds on the successful model of the Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan. It brings together, under one roof, the European Fund for Strategic Investments and 13 EU financial instruments currently available. Triggering at least €650 billion in additional investment, the Programme aims to give an additional boost to investment, innovation and job creation in Europe.

EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL: is a set of policy initiatives by the European Commission with the overarching aim of making Europe climate neutral in 2050. The plan is to review EU’s energy and climate laws to bring them in line with this ambition. Green Deal also introduces new legislation on the circular economy, building renovation, biodiversity, farming and innovation.
 
FIT-FOR-55-PACKAGE: The European Commission’s work program for 2021 included the revisions and initiatives linked to the European Green Deal climate actions and in particular the climate target plan’s 55 % net reduction target are presented under the Fit for 55 package. The package is compiled of two parts, released on 14 July 2021 and 14 December 2021.
 
REHVA: is the association of European heating, ventilation and air-conditioning associations, based in Brussels.
 
You can find all relevant EU building policy related information in this useful document.

UK

BILL: A bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to significantly change an existing law. A bill may start in either the Commons or the Lords and must pass a series of stages in each Houses. Once the bill has been agreed by both Houses, it receives Royal Assent and becomes an Act of Parliament.

HOUSE OF COMMONS: the House of Commons is the lower house and de facto primary chamber of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the upper house, the House of Lords (see below), it meets in the Palace of Westminster. The Commons is an elected body consisting of 650 members known as members of Parliament (MPs). Members are elected to represent constituencies by the first-past-the-post system and hold their seats until Parliament is dissolved.

HOUSE OF LORDS: The House of Lords scrutinises bills that have been approved by the House of Commons. It regularly reviews and amends Bills from the Commons. While it is unable to prevent Bills passing into law, except in certain limited circumstances, it can delay Bills and force the Commons to reconsider their decisions.
 

 
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