General legislative framework
European Commission presented the Europeans Heating and Cooling Strategy on 16 February. The 13-page strategy builds on exiting EU legislation and identifies areas where update or reform is needed to deliver on the Energy Union objectives.
In its 2016 impact assessments for the reviews of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive, and the Renewable Energy Directive and for the new Market Design Initiative, the Commission will analyse different options to help buildings and industry shift to efficient, decarbonised energy systems based on renewable energy sources and the use of waste heat.
These analyses will include district heating and cooling and electrification of heating through heat pumps. They will study how to expand demand response and reduction and the use of thermal storage in the electricity system, how to create the right incentives for the deployment of smart technologies, and how to increase the effectiveness of public funds and mobilise private investors.