The EU Commission should consider heat as an integral part of its energy efficiency plans.
That’s according to the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration (COGEN), which has launched an eight point strategic plan to outline the EU’s heating and cooling needs.
COGEN believes heat should be a “central element” of EU’s energy efficiency plan and receive similar consideration as electricity and gas to help increase efficiency especially as industry uses 40% of the heat produced in the union.
COGEN says heat storage and its use alongside electricity systems is vital to improve all round efficiency because so much heat is generated when producing electricity.
Among the other recommendations it believes there should be a link between electricity market design and the strategy around heat to make big savings.
In terms of decarbonising the heat sector, COGEN said a multi-technology approach should be adopted to stimulate innovation and ensure that good technologies based on local and most-efficient solutions come forward.
The plan also says the EU must have some way to gather data from heat networks moving forward.