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CT3: Decarbonising Heating and Cooling

Core Theme 3: Decarbonising Heating and Cooling

CT3 addresses frameworks for the development of renewable heating and cooling and the use of waste heat and cold in the heating and cooling sector. On-site generation of heating or cooling, including heat pumps, as well as renewable district heating and cooling in buildings, are covered. This Core Theme encompasses, among others, analysis of statistics on renewable energy levels for these areas, to policies to address financial barriers, non-financial barriers and regulation.

This Core Theme addresses Art. 7(3) (Calculation of the share of energy from RES in the H&C sector), Art. 15(3) to 15(7) (Administrative procedures, regulations and codes, including i.a. district heating, H&C), Art. 18 (Information and training), Art. 23 (Mainstreaming renewable energy in heating and cooling), Art. 24 (District heating and cooling), as well as Art. 20.3 (Access to and operation of the grids for district heating and cooling). Regarding calculations of the share of energy from renewable sources (Art. 7, 23 & 24(4)) and accounting of heat and cold in Article 23 and 24 of the RES Directive (EU) 2018/2001, cooperation with the Eurostat and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) will be pursued, where appropriate.

Links between the RES Directive (EU) 2018/2001 and the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU and amending Energy Efficiency Directive (EU) 2018/2002 (EED) as well as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU and amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2018/844/EU (EPBD) are becoming more important and are addressed by CT3, in cooperation with the CA EED and the CA EPBD, where appropriate.