Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition: Heating and Cooling

(via IRENAIEA & REN21) This report, developed jointly by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), outlines the infrastructure and policies needed for a transition to renewable-based, energy-efficient heating and cooling. This edition follows a broader initial study, Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition (IRENA, IEA and REN21, 2018).

The shift to renewables for heating and cooling requires enabling infrastructure (e.g., gas grids, district heating and cooling networks), as well as various combinations of deployment, integrating and enabling policies. The policy framework can demonstrate a country’s commitment to the energy transition, level the playing field with fossil fuels, and create the necessary enabling conditions to attract investments. Along with highlighting country experiences and best practices, this study identifies barriers and highlights policy options for renewable heating and cooling.

Learn more about this publication on the respective websites of IRENAIEA & REN21 or download it here.

Open consultation on RHC ETIP’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) has prepared a draft of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). To make the most of this document and make it a comprehensive one, we would like to collect the input of renewable heating and cooling experts and sector’s stakeholders through an open consultation.

 

Seize this chance to make your voice heard

The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) has prepared a draft of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). To make the most of this document and make it a comprehensive one, we would like to collect the input of renewable heating and cooling experts and sector’s stakeholders through an open consultation.

 

What is the ‘SRIA – Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda’?

This SRIA goal is to identify key R&I priorities for the renewable heating and cooling (HC) sector to be included in the next EU funded calls. The SRIA aims at boosting the competitiveness of the EU RHC-industry and increasing the share of renewable HC solutions. The document includes both sector specific priorities (dealing with buildings, districts, cities and industries) and cross-sectorial ones touching on relevant topics such digitalisation, health and circularity. The SRIA will be presented at the 100% Renewable Heating and Cooling for a Sustainable Future – 100% RHC Event 2020, which the RHC ETIP organises online on the 15th October. Register now.

The draft document is available here

 

How to take part in the consultation

Download the document, make your comments and suggestions in track changes and send it back to info@rhc-platform.org by the 7th September 2020.

Onnelanpolku –  A near zero energy nursing home in Finland

The nursing home, built in 2013, is a near zero-energy building. Onnelanpolku is well insulated and its energy consumption is partially provided by local sources. The hybrid heating system for space heating and hot water was realized with a combination of solar thermal collectors and district heating. Electricity consumption is also minimized by the use of energy efficient ventilation equipment and pumps.

Technical details:

  • GHG savings: 6 816 tonnes CO2-eq/per year
  • Energy sources: solar thermal collectors, district heating
  • Storage capacity: 3×3 000 L water tanks
  • Supplied temperature: maximum 26° C (space heating)

More information on nearly zero-energy buldings (NZEB) is available here.

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