Heating and Cooling (Communication)

In its Communication, the Commission sets out how heating and cooling can be made more efficient in the EU. In cep's view, the proposed rules on energy efficiency and the use of renewables are unsuitable for reducing CO2 emissions in a targeted and cost-effective way. Instead, all forms of heating and cooling should be included in the EU Emissions Trading System.


The Commission rightly points out, in the Communication, that the more restrictive tenant protection rules are, the less incentive landlords have to invest in energy efficiency. On the other hand, subsidising energy efficiency measures may give rise to investments which produce only minor savings in energy by comparison with the costs involved.