Citizens across Europe are concerned about their heating bills as a result of the energy price crisis, but sustainable heating and cooling do not yet receive much attention in the EU’s agenda
Heating is becoming an increasingly pivotal issue in the energy transition, especially as we enter a winter where many of us are thinking twice about when to put the heating on in our homes. However, sustainable heating solutions seem absent in the EU’s response to the energy crisis.
District heating & cooling (DHC) networks are one of the most efficient solutions to lower emissions from our buildings. But its decarbonisation potential is still untapped, as most of the heat in these networks is still produced with fossil fuels. In this episode, we look into the policy incentives needed to decarbonise our heating systems and how the EU can make the most of the potential of DHC.
This week’s guest is Aurélie Beauvais, Managing Director at Brussels-based association Euroheat & Power. She previously held the position of Deputy CEO and Policy Director of SolarPower Europe from 2017 to 2021. She also headed the European Affairs department of the French Union of Electricity from 2012 to 2017.
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