Europe is speeding up the transition to renewables! What does this mean for domestic households and businesses?

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  • How to choose a new heat source?
  • Why heat pumps? The advantage is several…

1.1.2021 new emissions trading rules will enter into force, which provide for a continuous increase in the price of carbon dioxide emissions. The aim of the new rules, which are valid for the years 2021 – 2028, is a stronger incentive to abandon the use of fossil fuels, as well as to obtain funds and a subsequent incentive to switch to renewable energy sources. Households in Western Europe are already calculating how much heat or fuel will increase.

The new rules are valid throughout the European Union, i.e. even in the country, where they are not much talked about. This topic was partly “covered” by the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of public interest. However, domestic businesses and households must also be prepared for the European Union to shift up a gear for renewable energy early next year. Some EU Member States even exceed the Union’s ambitions with their plans. For example, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom envisage a total ban on the sale of natural gas boilers. The current issue in the Scandinavian countries is the ban on the use of heating oil boilers.

How to choose a new heat source?

If you are choosing a new heat source for your home, it is more than desirable to take into account current trends. The use of fossil fuels and energy from them will be more expensive and the pressure to use renewable energy sources will be higher.

The use of renewable energy sources is nothing new in Europe and some of you may be surprised that…

  • Almost every second new building in Germany has a heat pump installed.
  • Heat pumps are the most used source of energy in Germany, when they dismantled natural gas from an imaginary throne.
  • In northern Italy you will find regions whose heat demand is satisfied by about one third of geothermal heat.
  • Large cities such as London, Munich, Hamburg, Milan and Vienna expect a significant increase in the share of renewable energy sources in household heat production.
  • Renewable energy sources are also increasingly used in agriculture, where they help reduce production costs while meeting consumer demand for foods with a minimum carbon footprint.

Heat pumps have a primary role in the supply of renewable energy sources for households, also thanks to massive state aid in the form of subsidies for the purchase of a pump or lower electricity prices. This heat source is used by households locally, i.e. The pumps are installed in the immediate vicinity of the property, but also as part of district heating, where large heat pumps located underground or a few kilometers behind the metropolis supply heat to entire city districts.

Why heat pumps? The advantage is several…

  • They use energy from air or geothermal heat to produce heat. At the same time, this energy is plentiful everywhere in Europe and is inexhaustible.
  • Heat pumps can produce a sufficient volume of heat regardless of the current weather conditions. It may be interesting that Switzerland uses geothermal energy during the winter, when the output of the hydropower plants, on which this Alpine country has relied heavily so far, is declining.
  • Operation of heat pumps is cheap. As well as energy from them, which has a positive effect on public finances and wallets of households for which the transition to heat pumps means lower heat prices.
  • Heat production through heat pumps is environmentally friendly.

Heat pumps are also easily accessible to domestic households and companies. Experience from Germany, France, Austria, Great Britain and southern Sweden shows that they can work reliably for several decades.

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