Climate Change is top of the agenda

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has been announced as a keynote speaker at the forthcoming Renewable Heating & Cooling Congress
In both the electricity and transport sector, the development of renewable energy is flourishing. Whereas heating & cooling, by contrast, has witnessed sluggish progress due to the absence of specific targets and support. By omitting sectoral targets in its renewable energy roadmap, as part of the energy package, the Commission is providing cynical window dressing, according to the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

It is argued that The Commission may be undermining the existing system by proposing a mandatory overall target for renewable energy by 2020 without defining a target for heating & cooling. Only for the transport sector does the Commission plan to continue with a sector-specific approach and propose a binding minimum 2020 target for the share of biofuels.

New dynamism is needed to deliver an improved output from RESHC – research shows that there is growing interest from property owners, architects and construction companies for the inclusion of RESHC into the building envelope. This combined with the rapid developments in technologies, and heightened public awareness on climate change provides the heating & cooling sector with an opportunity to reach its potential.

Under such backdrop Green Power Conferences have organised the Inaugural Renewable Heating & Cooling Congress (RESHC 2007), which will bring together leading experts, decision and policy makers from around the world to discuss these issues.

The organisers have convened a high-level speaker faculty that ranges from policy makers, industry experts, energy retailers to architects and construction companies who will share their thoughts on current barriers to a more widespread use of renewable technologies for heating and cooling.

The Congress will provide attending delegates a platform to meet, network and be fully updated on all issues ranging from policy decisions to the built environment adoption – and will provide a solid base for informed decisions and developing future strategies.

The European Renewable Heating & Cooling Congress 2007, Market Development Congress on Renewable Heating & Cooling will take place on 20 – 21 November at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels.