Next generation policy instruments for renewable heating and cooling in the commercial sector

The overall objective of the RES-H-NEXT project was to analyse current patterns of use of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling (RES-H/C) in the commercial sector and provide evidence-based policy recommendations for IEA-RETD countries. The focus is on existing buildings.

Questions to be answered in this project are among others:

  • What barriers to effective and efficient deployment of renewable heating and cooling exist at trans-national levels, national levels?
  • Which policies have been seen to work and what features contribute to this success?
  • What costs are typically associated with the implementation of a particular policy and which policies are most cost-effective?
  • How can industry be encouraged to improve product efficiency and reliability and reduce costs?
  • What is the relationship between uptake of energy efficiency measures and RES-H/C technologies?
  • Which policies targeting the domestic or new building sector are useful to be applied in the commercial sector and which ones are less effective?

The project was carried out by Meister Consultants Group (US) in collaboration with Öko Institute (Institute for Applied Ecology, Germany), International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officals (IAPMO) and OÖ Energiesparverband (Energy Agency for Upper Austria).

In order to drive RES-H/C market development, the study investigates the following, crucial next generation policy areas:

  • Long-term plans and policy commitments.
  • RES-H/C mandates for existing buildings or utilities.
  • Performance-based incentives for RES-H/C
  • Soft cost reductions for RES-H/C
  • Innovative financing and business models