Energy Union (Governance Regulation)
The creation of a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy is one of the five priorities of the Junker EC Presidency. The goal of the Energy Union is to ensure that Europe has secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy and it acts upon five dimensions: supply security, internal energy market, energy savings, emissions reductions and research & innovation. The heat-pump industry can play a significant role and contribute to all the dimensions of the Energy Union. The deployment of heat pumps reduces the exposure of the EU energy supply to external shocks, eliminating the need for fossil fuel imports from politically unstable regions, and boosts the decarbonisation of our economy by providing heating and cooling using sustainable energy from air, water and ground. Heat pumps are also among the most efficient devices for heating, cooling and hot water use and increase energy efficiency in the residential, commercial and industrial sector. Heat pumps contribute to a well-functioning internal market by bridging electric grids and thermal networks; in future smart cities/regions they will be at the heart of the energy-optimised buildings and infrastructure, integrating different energy technologies. Finally, the heat-pump industry is at the forefront of research & innovation and offers a variety of solutions to keep Europe competitive on the global stage.
As part of the Clean Energy Package, the European Commission proposed the adoption of a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union which will require Member States to develop Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans and report on the progress in their implementation. EHPA believes that reporting and planning should aim at 100% decarbonisation, especially in the heating and cooling sector.