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EU Energy Efficiency Directive: National Heating and Cooling Plans partially available

Article 14 of the Energy Efficiency Directive required each EU Member State to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the national potential of high-efficient co-generation and efficient district heating and cooling by December 2015.

These comprehensive assessments should include:

  • A description of the current heating and cooling demand and a forecast of how this demand will change in the next 10 years, taking into account the evolution of demand in buildings and the different sectors of industry
  • A map of the national territory identifying heating and cooling demand, district heating and cooling infrastructure and potential heating and cooling supply points
  • An identification of the heating and cooling demand that could be satisfied by high-efficiency co-generation and by district heating and cooling
  • Potential for additional high-efficiency co-generation of generation and industrial installations or other facilities generating waste heat
  • Strategies, policies and measures that may be adopted by 2020 and by 2030 to tap into the identified potentials.
    The analysis should be based on a Cost-Benefit-Analysis which includes an economic analysis covering socioeconomic and environmental factors.

To date, the reports of 21 Member States are available. Most of them are at the moment only available in national languages, 9 are available in English. The reports differ in methodology, assumptions and detail levels. This makes them difficult to compare. While some of them include strategies, policies and measures, others don’t.