The EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ package follows the development of the Green Deal, a strategy for a more sustainable Europe, while also acting as the first stage of its implementation. The aim of the package is to set the EU on course to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030.
Wide-ranging in scope, the Green Deal encompasses renewables, energy efficiency first, energy performance of buildings, land use, energy taxation, effort sharing and emissions trading. Heat pump specialists Daikin believes that the technology will be instrumental in decarbonising European homes as a viable option for new buildings and a replacement for fossil fuel boilers. To meet the new Green Geal’s objectives, the company earlier this year unveiled a 4 steps guide to decarbonising homes, helping to ensure Europeans are trailblazers in climate action.
Fit for 55’s four objectives for the heat pump market and the 4 steps guide are mutually supportive of each other. The package’s objective 3, which aims to guide citizens to efficient and renewable heating and cooling solutions for their buildings, is a direct continuation of the first step of the Daikin Guide which commits to enhanced new build rules on energy use. Moreover, increasing the ‘replacement rate’ that is so important for the heating sector to be able to achieve decarbonisation targets is also reflected in the Fit for 55 package. The first objectives of the package tend towards incentivising fossil fuel switching and encourage technologies that are both efficient and renewable and thus unlock the full potential of heat pump technologies. Furthermore, the last steps of Daikin’s guide correspond to the last objectives of the European package: ending fossil fuel incentives by reviewing energy pricing which will also help to make renewable heating standard in replacement.
“We welcome this ‘Fit for 55 package’ with great enthusiasm” said Patrick Crombez, General Manager Heating and Renewables at Daikin. “It allows the vision of the Green Deal to be clearly put into practice. With this breakthrough, Daikin sees its mission to make heat pumps accessible to all households strengthened. The match between our 4-step guide and the new European package is perfect. This shows that beyond commitments and fine words, Daikin is fighting on the ground every day to improve the quality of life of its citizens while preserving the planet. We will continue to guide citizens and support heating installers, alongside the European Union, on the ground towards more sustainable heating solutions”.
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