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Report December 1, 2022

Taking the burn out of heating for low-income households

By Louise Sunderland, Duncan Gibb

The future of heat in buildings is not fossil fuelled. The urgency of the climate crisis, Europe’s 2030 climate targets, the current war in Ukraine and the resulting skyrocketing energy prices all mean we need to massively accelerate efforts to move away from burning fossil fuels in our homes. This is no small task as fossil fuels currently account for over 75%...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Heating and Cooling, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Policy Brief October 18, 2022

Turning off the gas: Stronger and coherent EU policy to accelerate the fossil gas phaseout

By Duncan Gibb, Megan Anderson, Louise Sunderland, Samuel Thomas

Rapidly phasing out fossil gas demand has become a top priority in Europe. Existing European legislation is expected to achieve only moderate reductions by 2030. The ongoing energy crisis has provided an opportunity to aim for even more extensive decreases in fossil gas demand. Legislation under negotiation, informed by the European Commission’s REPowerEU pla...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Heating and Cooling, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 15, 2022

Boosting the EU energy savings obligation

By Marion Santini, Samuel Thomas, Louise Sunderland

As part of the Fit for 55 legislative package, the European Commission proposed a recast of the Energy Efficiency Directive in July 2021. The recast includes significant changes to the Directive’s cornerstone article on the energy savings obligation, Article 7 (now Article 8). As a next step, EU legislators – the European Parliament and the Council of the EU ...

Energy Efficiency Obligations Download View Summary
Report June 7, 2022

The joy of flex: Embracing household demand-side flexibility as a power system resource for Europe

By Sophie Yule-Bennett, Louise Sunderland

To meet its 2050 climate goals, Europe will need to purge its power sector of carbon emissions by the mid-2030s. This means integrating renewable energy resources such as wind and solar at an unprecedented scale and pace. Only one path allows for rapid decarbonisation while maintaining a reliable energy system, minimising system costs and increasing energy democr...

Demand Response, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary
Report May 9, 2022

Owning the future: A framework of regulations for decarbonising owner-occupied homes in Scotland

By Catrin Maby, Louise Sunderland

Scotland’s recent Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out a plan to achieve the ambitious target for all Scottish buildings to be decarbonised by 2045. In practice this means replacing the heating systems of nearly 90% of Scotland’s 2.5 million homes that are currently heated with fossil fuels. As part of its regulatory framework, the Strategy states that all hom...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Heating and Cooling, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Policy Brief May 5, 2022

How much insulation is needed? A low-consumption, smart comfort standard for existing buildings

By Louise Sunderland

National and local governments are increasingly turning to regulated minimum standards for the energy performance of buildings to kick-start the renovation of the stock. But how can these standards be used to define the most efficient pathway for buildings to fully decarbonise? RAP outlines a standard that defines the minimum insulation, airtightness and ventilat...

Heating and Cooling, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Report March 28, 2022

The perfect fit: Shaping the Fit for 55 package to drive a climate-compatible heat pump market

By Richard Lowes, Jan Rosenow, Dominic Scott, Louise Sunderland, Samuel Thomas, Andreas Graf, Marie Baton, Steve Pantano, Peter Graham

Removing fossil fuels from heating is a goal of policy makers around the world in order to decarbonise energy systems and to remove exposure to fossil fuel imports. Alongside efficiency measures, the key technology to replace fossil fuels for heating is heat pumps. In the EU, where fossil fuels — mostly gas — dominate the heating mix, rapid action on heat is ...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Heating and Cooling, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Policy Brief July 7, 2021

Minimum energy performance standards: A tool for building renovation in Spain

By Louise Sunderland, Cecilia Foronda, Javier Tobías

Only 0.2% of Spanish buildings are renovated each year, which is far below the rate proposed by the European Commission. According to analysis by the Commission and by think tanks like the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a rate of 2%, if not 3%, is necessary to reach the energy efficiency and decarbonisation objectives set for 2030 and 2050. Minimum en...

Heating and Cooling, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief July 7, 2021

Normas mínimas de eficiencia energética: una herramienta para la rehabilitación de edificios en España

By Louise Sunderland, Cecilia Foronda, Javier Tobías

El ratio de regeneración urbana y de rehabilitación edificatoria en Europa en general y en España en particular está muy por debajo del que sería necesario para alcanzar los objetivos de eficiencia energética y descarbonización marcados para 2030 y 2050. Frente a un ratio de renovación profunda anual del 2% que propone la Comisión Europea o el 3% que def...

Heating and Cooling, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 14, 2021

Fit for 55: Aligning European policy for decarbonised heat in buildings

By Louise Sunderland, Marion Santini, Jan Rosenow

Heat in buildings is still largely delivered by burning fossil fuels. To meet Europe’s 2030 climate target, the European Commission assesses the buildings sector must reduce emissions by 60% over 2015, and close to one in four heating systems will need to be replaced. How do we ensure that these systems are replaced with decarbonised alternatives? Two centra...

Heating and Cooling, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Standards and Codes Download View Summary