König: "An energy transition without a heating market will fail"

Berlin/Kassel. An energy transition without a serious reduction in CO2 is no success, as WINGAS Managing Director Gerhard König has now stressed at the "Strategic agenda" panel discussion at the 2016 Handelsblatt Energy Industry Conference in Berlin. "If we as a nation really want to achieve our climate goals, we have to talk about the increased use of natural gas."

At the start of the industry meeting, Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel announced more market economy for the energy market to stabilize the energy transition. "The right approach," said Gerhard König, commenting on the Minister's speech. "But in practice, the opposite is happening at present," said the spokesman for the WINGAS management in front of more than a thousand leading representatives from the energy sector in Berlin. He said the same also applied to climate protection – the actual goal of the energy transition. "CO2 emissions are supposed to go down, not up, which hasn't been achieved so far," as König stated at the 2016 Handelsblatt Energy Industry Conference.

He said that natural gas needed to be taken far more intensively into account as part of the solution to the problems of the energy transition. More than a third of the CO2 emissions in Germany come from the heating market. "The heating market – as in Sigmar Gabriel's speech – cannot simply be subsumed in the same category as transport, agriculture and other areas," said König. "The topic of heating has to be right at the top of the agenda." The heating market accounts for around 40 percent of German CO2 emissions. There is no other area in which effects for climate protection can be achieved so cost-effectively and so quickly.

König: "Around 96 percent of detached and terraced houses are owned privately, which obviously makes it more difficult to restructure the heating market than the electricity market. That means incentives need to be created to get owners to participate." He said that around 75 percent of all boilers were outdated and therefore emitted more CO2 than necessary.

Around 1,200 participants discussed the energy transition with representatives from the worlds of politics, industry and research at the 23rd Handelsblatt Annual Conference. WINGAS is represented at the biggest energy conference in the German-speaking world on its own booth from January 19 to 21, 2016.

Click here for more information about the panel discussion with Gerhard König on the "Strategic agenda 2016/2017ff" in Germany: www.handelsblatt-energie.de

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