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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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Introduction

Heating and cooling in buildings and industry account for half of the EU’s energy consumption. 75% of heating and cooling in the EU is still generated from fossil fuels while only 16% is generated from renewable energy. There is a lot of room for efficiency improvements to reduce the emissions and at the same time the cost for energy users. According to the EU commission, the heating and cooling sector must sharply reduce its energy consumption and cut its use of fossil fuels in order to meet the EU’s climate and energy goals.

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