Progress is being made towards reducing emissions across Europe, but there is one sector that desperately needs more attention: Heating and cooling. This sector comprises 51% of final energy use in Europe, as well as about 27% of CO2 emissions. In order to reach the goal of zero emissions by 2050, serious changes need to be made to the way we think about energy use in this sector. Currently, there are not many efforts being made to transition towards more energy efficient models and the industry is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. With fossil fuel subsidized across the EU, there is not yet a price incentive to move towards cleaner energy. There are also limited ways to financially facilitate the transition, and the status quo is to replace systems with nearly identical ones. Through addressing these points, the EU will be able to move more effectively towards a decarbonized system in order to reach the 2050 goals.
Read the full article by Thomas Nowak on Euractiv.com