Coolproducts coalition of European NGOs working to ensure that ecodesign and energy labelling truly work for Europeans and the environment. It recently published a report that investigates the potential impact of an EU ban on sales of fossil boilers on achievement of existing targets for heating decarbonisation and energy dependency of the individual Member States.
To achieve this objective, the following research questions were addressed:
- What effect would a ban on fossil buildings have on import dependency in the EU Member States?
- What effect would a ban on fossil heating in buildings have on the achievement of the energy and climate targets in the EU Member States?
- Which measures to support the transition of the heating sector have been implemented in the EU Member States so far?
Highlights of the report
The main highlights of the report are:
- A ban on gas boilers from 2023 would cut almost 1/3rd of our Russian gas imports. It would cut it by 1/5th if put in place in 2025 and finally have minimal impact if enacted in 2029
- Romania would see its gas dependency cut by almost 70% , while Poland, Slovakia, Czechia and Denmark would also greatly benefit from this move. HPs are a no-brainer first move to exit gas dependency also for the @IEA
- As much as 18% of the EU non-ETS 2030 climate target would be achieved in just one move. This would become 13% if enacted in 2025. This is if we consider a conservative 4% yearly turnover ratio for boilers.
- While Romania and Bulgaria (not shown) would da facto over achieve they existing climate target without lifting a finger, the whole of CEE would greatly improve their chances to reach their (not-so-loved) climate target
- Finally, most western EU countries would greatly improve their chance to achieve they #renewables target in #heating and #cooling with this simple move and this include Germany (45%) and Italy (40%)
The authors of the report are Sibylle Braungardt, Veit Bürger and Vincent Stein from the Oeko-Institut e.V.
The report is available here.