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Policy Recommendations: Strategic Local Heating & Cooling Planning

The EU is currently aiming to achieve at least 57% domestic emissions reductions by 2030. In addition, the EU has set a binding energy efficiency target for the first time, aiming to reduce final energy consumption at EU level by 11.7% in 2030 compared to 2020 levels. One of the preconditions for reaching these objectives will be the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector.

Energy for heating and cooling (H&C) represents almost 50% of the EU’s total gross final energy consumption, and strategic H&C planning is an effective tool to develop measures locally that drive the decarbonisation of the sector. The local character of heating and cooling means that local authorities play a key role in developing and implementing sustainable H&C solutions.

The following policy recommendations for national authorities, local authorities, and recommendations relevant across governance levels represent the outcomes of the findings, case studies and discussions implemented within ICLEI’s Strategic Heating & Cooling Support Package, funded by the European Climate Foundation.