He combines the industry’s desire for an immediate program for district heating with an appeal: “Let the good ideas be followed quickly by action. Companies have been waiting in vain for federal funding for efficient heating networks for four years. Put the BEW at the top of the list of priorities of the EU State Aid Commission, ensure rapid national implementation – preferably in the Easter package. The industry is ready to make its contribution and push ahead with the expansion and conversion of district heating over the next ten years.”
The Federal Association of Renewable Energies (BEE) has also devoted itself to the heating sector and has published proposals for measures. In the context of the BEW, the association is calling for, among other things, an increase in funding to at least one billion euros from 2022. In the medium term, at least two billion euros a year would make sense, according to the association. In addition, feasibility studies and transformation plans should be made simpler as a prerequisite for funding; especially in small and medium-sized heating networks.
“Make adjustments to the GEG before 2025”
Furthermore, the BEE supports the key points mentioned in the coalition agreement for the further development of the Building Energy Act (GEG) as a key instrument for the building sector. However, the association calls for a more ambitious approach. “Adjustments to the GEG must be made before 2025. In the short term, the new building standard must be reduced to 55 percent of the reference building. In addition, the expansion targets for renewable heat must be enshrined in law and the introduction and strengthening of the existing obligation to use renewable heat should be brought forward,” says quote BEE President Simone Peter in a statement.
Amendment of the Heat Supply Ordinance
According to Roll, another central element of the necessary immediate district heating program is the amendment of the Heat Supply Ordinance. Designed as an instrument to protect tenants from cost increases, it now has the exact opposite effect. With a backward-looking perspective and calculation based on fossil fuels, which were cheap until recently, they prevent a switch to climate-friendly heat supply such as district heating. As a result, oil-fired boilers would remain in operation for a few more years and the costs for the tenant would increase significantly. “Our appeal to politicians is therefore: Amend the Heat Supply Ordinance as quickly as possible so that tenants are not excluded from climate protection.”
Staged design for the allocation of CO2 costs
The new government also wants to focus on tenants. The BEE welcomes the planned design of the allocation of the CO2 costs according to a step model of the building energy classes. “This is the right approach so that national emissions trading (nETS) in the building sector can also have an effect on rented buildings. Long-term adjustments to this grading must be announced to ensure that the building stock becomes greenhouse gas-neutral by 2045,” says Peter. A concrete one Design can be found on page 6 of the paper be removed.
Furthermore, a further development and adaptation of the funding programs to the climate goals is to be welcomed. “However, a stop-and-go of the funding programs should be avoided in order to continuously lead the market development away from fossil and towards climate-friendly technologies. In this way, the heating sector can make its contribution to climate protection and at the same time serve as an economic engine for innovation and future viability,” concludes Peter. (gun)