Kassel. Germany would like to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. To achieve this goal, another 170 million tons approx. of CO2 emissions would have to be saved each year by then, according to current figures. Detlef Mirsch, Head of Technical Services at WINGAS, explains why this can only be achieved if we focus more on the heating market.
Mr Mirsch, why is there so much potential in the heating sector?
The heating sector – especially heat used for rooms and drinking water – accounts for about 33 percent of final energy consumption across Germany and is therefore responsible for a significant proportion of CO2 emissions. Consequently, it also offers a great deal of potential for cutting back on emissions.
In November the German government adopted the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE). Can the reduction targets be met with this?
NAPE is part of the 2020 climate protection package and aims to increase energy efficiency in the building sector. With the new information and support measures introduced recently, as well as the tax incentives for investments in efficiency, the German federal government is generally going in the right direction. Now we will have to see whether the measures are sufficient to ensure that efficient heating technologies replace old boiler systems and make their urgently required contribution to achieving the climate goals.