Online Event: 49% renewables in buildings by 2030 – How to get there?
Tuesday 12 October 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST
Hosted by MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and MEP Maria Spyraki
Co-chairs of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’
The trajectory for buildings is clear; the need to reduce emissions by 55% until 2030 compared to 1990 levels, as well as to contribute to achieving 49% renewables in heating are also significant, in order to reach climate neutrality by 2050. Today, buildings are responsible for 36% of Europe’s GHG emissions, while space heating and warm water account for over 85% of the energy consumed in buildings. At the same time, only 21% of heating installations is renewable-based, and over 60% are old and inefficient. Given the urgency and scale of the challenge, we need immediate action guided by an energy system perspective with clean electrons and molecules for heating.
As a result, this European Parliament Intergroup event, co-organized with Viessmann, aims at discussing the framework conditions that accelerate de-carbonization of heating, additionally ensuring that no-one is left behind. Moreover, the event aims at highlighting the complementary role between green electrification and green gases, alongside a well-balanced mix of measures to facilitate the achievement of the 2030 and 2050 goals; i) acceleration of renovation, ii) electrification of heating, iii) greening of heating fuels – including hydrogen – and iv) barriers and policy recommendations to accelerate decarbonisation of heating.