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How to develop support schemes for Renewable Heating and Cooling: A publication by the FROnT project

The FROnT project is an IEE project closely linked to porgRESsHEAT as it aims at promoting a level playing field for Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) in Europe, and develop strategies for its greater deployment.

The FROnT manual of good practices provides guidance for policy makers establishing successful support schemes for renewable heating and cooling. It does so in order to help them effectively deliver competitive, affordable, and sustainable solutions for consumers and at the national level.

The manual covers technical, economical, financial, legal and marketing aspects, and provides solutions according to various market conditions. It addresses the key success factors for support schemes and gives recommendations to policy makers and civil servants in ensuring long term development, designing and implementing, and evaluating schemes.

The external costs of using fossil fuels such as air pollution, and climate change, and the positive externalities of renewables are not currently reflected in the market price of energy. It is therefore necessary to introduce measures to correct market failures, and increase consumer and industry confidence.

Responsible for half of European energy consumption and siginificant fossil fuel imports, the heating and cooling sector must be addressed in the transition towards secure, affordable, and decarbonised energy system.

Based on assessments of 28 schemes in nine Member States, and developed with public authorities, energy agencies, and industry experts, the report has been published by the FROnT project which is developing tools and studies on how to deploy more Renewable Heating and Cooling.