September 8, 2022
◼ Decarbonization in the EU
The heating sector as the key to achieving climate neutrality in the EU by 2050: how to phase out fossil fuels?
Decarbonising the heat sector is a key priority to achieve climate neutrality in the EU by 2050. Heat production in the EU is largely based on fossil fuels, with renewable energy providing only 22% of gross final energy. The gradual phase-out of fossil fuels in the heating sector must be drastically accelerated in order to even be able to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Space heating, which is mostly powered fossil fuels, accounts for more than a quarter of the final energy demand in the EU. In many countries gas is the main fuel for heating (e.g. in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy or Hungary). Due to the current price developments, a faster exit is also economically obvious – and in the interest of the consumer!
However, oil also plays an important role in several countries (e.g. Belgium, Germany, Ireland), while solid fossil fuels have a small share except for a few countries (e.g. Poland, Czech Republic, Ireland).
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In light of the aim to phase out fossil fuels, it's clear that products from my-PV such as AC ELWA-E, AC•THOR and AC•THOR 9s should be the obvious choice. This way, the decarbonization of hot water and space heating (in renovated buildings according to current standards) is supported through the use of renewable energies.