5 September 2006

Public consultation “Promotion of Heating and Cooling from Renewable Energies”

Contributions will be sent at latest on 6 October 2006

The purpose of this public consultation is to contribute to the Commission’s Impact Assessment by providing a range of opinions and new and innovative ideas regarding the implementation and the impacts of different types of policies and measures that could be considered to promote heating and cooling from renewable energy sources.

This information will be taken into account in the further preparatory work on this dossier.

This public consultation addresses all renewable energies used to produce heating and cooling: solar thermal, geothermal and heat pumps, and biomass; as well as all types of measures/policies in order to evaluate their potential. Furthermore, all sectors of activity (the public sector, industry, energy services and district heating, tertiary and domestic) are addressed.

The following set of questions seeks to further analyse the obstacles and opportunities in terms of the feasibility and effectiveness of various instrument that could be applied with a view to promoting a larger uptake of renewable energy for heating and cooling purposes. The results will be crossed with the outcomes of an Impact Assessment study currently underway.

In replying to these questions, the Commission services would be grateful if references are provided on these specific issues, as well as if background or substance be given to support the answers. The mentioning of existing practices would be very beneficial.

Suggestions and examples, giving as many details as possible regarding the cost of implementation, benefits, ease of implementation and possible obstacles would be most welcome. The level where actions should be undertaken (regional, local, Member State, EU) would also be valuable information to better draw the approach to take.

Please your answer must be short and to the point. You will not be allowed by the electronic application to provide extensive answers. All the answers must be provided through the IPM application.

Participe in the public consultation by filling the On-line questionnaire Questions for debate (PDF-Download).

Source: Europa Aug. 31, 2006.

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