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Nordic heating and cooling

Nordic approach to EU's Heating and Cooling Strategy

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According to the EU Commission, the heating and cooling sector must sharply reduce its energy consumption and cut its use of fossil fuel in order to meet the EU's climate and energy goals. In the Nordic countries, a lot of effort has already been put to make heat production and consumption energy efficient and to decrease the emissions. To disseminate these experiences and good practices wider in Europe, and to identify further needs for co-operation, this study attempts to identify the common approaches of the Nordic countries towards the EU’s heating and cooling strategy and Winter Package regulation. This report describes the results of the work based on Pöyry’s analysis of the current heating and cooling sector practices and regulation in the Nordic countries, and interviews of the regulators and energy industry representatives from each country.

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Heating sector in Iceland

A large share of Iceland’s energy consumption comes from renewable resources, and 99% of houses in Iceland are heated with renewable energy. Nine out of ten are heated directly with geothermal heat, through district heating systems, and the remaining 10% with renewable electricity (in areas where there are no geothermal resources). (Icelandic Ministry of Industry and Commerce, 2016).

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