Towards a smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling sector
Publication date: 4 March 2016
What is the first Heating and Cooling Strategy and what is its purpose?
The EU Heating and Cooling Strategy is the first EU initiative addressing the energy used for heating and cooling in buildings and industry, which accounts for 50% of the EU’s annual energy consumption. By making the sector smarter, more efficient and sustainable, energy imports and dependency will fall, costs will be cut and emissions will be reduced. The Strategy is a key action of the Energy Union Framework Strategy and will contribute to improving EU’s energy security and to addressing post-COP 21 climate agenda.
What is heating and cooling?
“Heating and cooling” refers to the energy needed for warming and cooling buildings, be them residential or in the service sector (for example schools, hospitals, office buildings). It also includes the energy which is necessary in almost all industrial processes to produce products we use in our everyday life as well as cooling and refrigeration in the service sector, such as the retail sector (for example to preserve food across the supply chain from production, to supermarket and to the customer).
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