“Energy transition in the boiler room”
Germany needs to lower emissions in the heating sector by one fifth by 2020 in order to meet the government’s climate goals, Hartmut Netz writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “To comply with the plan, twice as many buildings would need efficient retrofitting each year” so that the country’s building stock becomes nearly emissions-free by 2050, he says. Retrofitting old buildings saves 60 percent of heating energy on average, according to the German Energy Agency (dena), Netz writes. He adds that the state even offers financial grants to home owners willing to invest. “Those who want save money in the future have to invest now, but that’s looking gloomy.”
For background, see the CLEW dossier The energy transition and climate change.