On 7th June 2018, as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, a conference under the title “Shaping an integrated market with hot findings and cool solutions” took place co-organised by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers.
Among the topics discussed during this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week (4th-8th June), whose motto is Lead the Clean Energy Transition, were the necessary changes in the supply of electricity, heat and cold at the local, national, and also the entire Community levels. The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Aalborg University jointly organised the “Shaping an integrated market with hot findings and cool solutions” session and debate dedicated to the possibilities of energy saving in construction through deep thermo-modernisation, the analysis of the current situation in the heating sector, taking into account Poland’s specific situation, as well as to innovative European projects in this field.
The following panellists participated in the debate: Maciej Mijakowski from the Warsaw University of Technology, Christian Schnell from the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, Thomas Nowak from the European Heat Pump Association, Philip Geyer from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, during which they presented the energy saving potential, as well as barriers related to the use of the latest technologies and thermo-modernization of buildings. When choosing optimal solutions, especially at the national level, many environmental, economic, and social factors should be carefully considered, including the risk of energy poverty.
Brian Vad Mathiesen from the Aalborg University emphasised that energy efficiency should be a priority that does not contradict the development of efficient district heating systems.
When summarising the session, Paul Hodson, head of the energy efficiency department at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, drew attention to a very important role in shaping integrated electricity and heat markets not only by means of technology, but also through a regulatory and political framework. These include national plans for energy and climate for 2021-2030 that are to be prepared by member states of the European Union as part of the Energy Union by the end of this year.
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- Presentations from the session
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