Renewables for Heating and Cooling

Untapped Potential
Renewables for Heating and Cooling

Executive Summary
Renewables for Heating and Cooling

project overview

Heating in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors accounts for an estimated 40-50% of global final energy demand. But renewable energy technologies do not contribute significantly to providing that heat. The need for policies supporting heat from renewables is often overshadowed by efforts in transportation and power generation. The publication Renewables for Heating and Cooling – Untapped Potential turns the spotlight on a sector often overlooked even though it offers one of the largest potential contributions to climate change mitigation and energy security.  Taking a hands-on approach, it details the “carrot and stick” policies that, when combined with education programs, can vigorously support renewable technologies for heating and cooling. Renewables for Heating and Cooling – Untapped Potential comes up with some strong findings on both policies and markets for renewable heating technologies. It is the fruit of intensive collaboration between researchers and takes a crucial step in raising awareness of the vast potential of renewable heat.

“This publication marks a milestone for renewable heat and gives policy-makers the tools to stir the ‘sleeping giant’ of renewables potentials,” said Hans Jørgen Koch, Deputy State Secretary of the Danish Energy Agency and Chair of the RETD.  Ole Langniss, a co-author and former Operating Agent for the RETD, declared “this publication proves that renewable heating technologies are mature and inexpensive; now, the time is ripe for governments to guide the markets.”

Stuttgart, Germany (January 25, 2008): The International Energy Agency’s Implementing Agreement on Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (RETD) has issued the hardcopy release of its “Renewables for Heating and Cooling – Untapped Potential.”  The report was a joint effort with the IEA Renewable Energy Unit (REU).

The objective of the RETD Heating and Cooling project is to provide an improved basis for decisions to promote heating and cooling services based on renewable energy.

The purpose is to identify actions which governments and local authorities could undertake to promote renewable energy for heating and cooling purposes.

The main results include the aforementioned comprehensive review of renewable heating and cooling technologies, markets and policies, “Renewables for Heating and Cooling – Untapped Potential” and a standard methods toolbox created to assist policy-makers in designing support schemes for renewable heat. A good policy practice brochure will also be created, especially targeted toward public bodies.  The Standard Methods tool and good policy practice brochure are available for download below.

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The project was launched in November 2006 and ran until February 2008.