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07 Jul 2021, 12:27
Edgar Meza

Industry alliance eyes massive reduction of Germany's CO2 output in heating

Clean Energy Wire

A newly formed cross-industry alliance is calling for a significantly faster decarbonisation of the building sector through renewable heating technologies and a correspondingly more ambitious energy policy. The Federal Solar Industry Association (BSW), the Federal Association of Heat Pumps (BWP) and the German Energy Wood and Pellet Association (DEPV) have jointly established the Green Heat forum, which aims to reduce the heating sector's annual CO2 footprint three to four times more by 2030 than today and thus make a significant contribution to the greenhouse gas reduction required in the building sector.

Although demand for climate-friendly heating systems has increased significantly, the potential to reduce CO2 in the heating sector has only gone up by a fraction due to the absence of suitable framework conditions, the alliance said. By 2030, the Climate Action Law aims to cut 51 million tonnes of CO2, allowing only 67 million tonnes of emissions. According to Green Heat, this goal can only be achieved if Germany’s new government lays out a significantly more ambitious energy policy and much more ambitious immediate measures than the current coalition has offered so far. The German Housing Association (GdW) and the CDU Economic Council (CDU Wirtschaftsrat) have similarly called for more investment and a major policy shift to achieve building sector targets.

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