Heating and cooling our homes, businesses and industrial processes makes up half of the EU’s energy demand. Yet, decarbonising the sector is proving a daunting task for which multiple solutions will be needed, industry experts say.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one solution to Europe’s heating and cooling conundrum, said Brian Vad Mathiesen, a Danish engineer who coordinates an EU-funded project aimed at drawing up decarbonisation roadmaps for the sector.
“It isn’t about 100% electrification, it isn’t about 100% greening gas. There are a multitude of solutions,” Mathiesen told policymakers, local representatives and industry delegates in Amsterdam last Friday (16 March).
The Amsterdam gathering aimed at taking stock of progress made with ‘Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE4)‘, the EU-funded project Mathiesen coordinates.
And the consensus that emerged from the talks is the absence of a silver bullet solution to decarbonise the heating sector.