The Strategy for heating and cooling was published on February 16 as a part of the broader Energy Union Winter Package (which focused mostly on gas).
In addition to mention of hydrogen, as seen in the latest leak, the final document now includes the following sentence under “Heating and cooling equipment” paragraph:
“In addition, there is a number of innovative highly efficient technologies that quickly approach market-readiness, such as stationary fuel cells.”
The strategy was accompanied by detailed EC staff working documents (parts 1 and 2), to be used by the EC for preparation of any future legislation.
Stationary fuel cells have been given their own section under Technological innovation and R&D. Fuel cells are also mentioned as emerging technologies with regards to cogeneration. Hydrogen is mentioned in a number of places, including having its own section under “storage technology overview”. The EC also predicts that by 2050 hydrogen, combined with biomass and waste, will become second most important fuel for industry.
Relevance and next steps:
The document is a key action of the Energy Union Strategy and should contribute to improving EU’s energy security and to addressing post-COP 21 climate agenda
It focuses on increasing the share of renewables, reuse of energy waste from industry and making renovating buildings easier
While it is a non-legislative document, the strategy will influence the following relevant legislative proposals scheduled for 2016
- Review of the Renewables Directive
- Review of the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Smart Financing for Smart Buildings Initiative
- Electricity Market Design
The Strategy will inform the creation of several tools, including promotion of proven energy efficiency models for publicly owned educational buildings and hospitals