Decarbonising heating is both necessary and entirely possible. The good news is that the barriers to doing so are not technological — they are political. The legislative tools are already in place; they simply need sufficient strengthening.
A quick visual overview of our report on how ecodesign and energy labelling can decarbonise the heating sector.
A phase-out of gas and oil boilers could bring about 110 million tonnes of annual CO2 savings by 2050, research by Coolproducts experts shows. This is two thirds of the total emissions reduction needed from residential and public buildings to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
As temperatures across Europe beat records summer after summer, air conditioner manufacturers rub their hands in glee. No wonder - their sales are skyrocketing. By 2050, the IEA expects the number of air conditioners in buildings to reach 5.6 billion, up from 1.6 billion today. Around two-thirds of the world’s households could have air-con by then.
Industry associations have initiated proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union to ask for the annulment of some of the regulations from the Ecodesign Package.
The game console industry has proposed an update of its Self-Regulatory Initiative (SRI) under the Ecodesign Directive, following an independent review study completed in 20191. The position paper summarises the views of environmental NGOs in relation to the revision and puts forward changes that are essential in order for the proposed SRI to constitute a genuine first step towards the level of ambition expected from an ecodesign measure.
The EU has recently paved the way for longer-lasting products. Now we must enshrine this ambition into our future European Green Deal, Coolproducts campaigners wrote in a letter to the incoming European Commission this week.
Do you #knowYourheater? Of course you don’t, how could you when it doesn’t even have an energy label? ECOS and the Coolproducts Campaign think it is about time for the European Commission to include electric heaters in the scope of the energy label, so that consumers can learn that they are, in fact, a G-class product.
Newly adopted EU laws will make several products easier to repair and more energy efficient, saving people money as well as reducing pollution, NGOs in the Coolproducts campaign said.
We strongly support the work of the European Commission and Joint Research Centre to develop an approach to assess the ability to repair energy related products (ErP). Establishing a scoring system building upon the recently drafted CEN-CENELEC prEN 45554 standard, is a first step. This can influence the reparability of products on the market by integration with labelling and further regulatory action. Reparability is a relatively new policy focus, so it is important to ensure that the scoring system and supporting initiatives are robust, enforceable and do not leave open any loopholes.