Thousands of buildings across Europe will need to be renovated on an unprecedented scale if climate and greenhouse gas reduction targets are to be met. Lawmakers’ minds are turning to how best to undertake the Herculean task
Working with similarly-minded neighbours would create economies of scale to reduce upfront costs of renovation and renewables
TOOTHLESS RULES EU regulations for renewables usage in buildings are not maximising their potential
ADVISORY SERVICE Easily accessible bodies to advise consumers on refurbishment options would increase demand
KEY QUOTE The neighbourhood approach is going to be essential and it's probably the next step in realising this vision of an integrated energy system ...
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Schleswig-Holstein, Germany is testing how a 100% renewable power system can be achieved with internal low voltage distribution networks, flexible consumption and generation from local production points
Without a European grid up to the task of not only meeting more demand for electricity, but also assimilating it from distributed renewables, green electrification of heating and transport is stymied from the start. Decarbonisation requires new infrastructure, yet the public is having none of it.
Decarbonisation of heating requires switching from systems and appliances that combust fossil fuels to those that rely on renewable energy. Nowhere is the switch more challenging to achieve for existing building stock than in the UK. If it can be done there, it can be done anywhere