Europe has adopted the ambitious goal of becoming the first carbon neutral continent. The European cooling body EPEE has welcomed the news and believes that Europe could indeed become carbon neutral by 2050 by taking the right steps. They urged the continent to focus on three key priorities;
Implement and enforce Clean Energy Package Laws while continuing to watch the market and consolidate national plans
Continue to aim towards climate targets and ensure that emissions targets, energy efficiency targets, and renewable energy targets are fair, sustainable, and achievable for all countries
Make sustainable investments by creating a framework to encourage investment in the demand for energy efficiency and the actual supply of power from renewable sources
The EPEE say the EU should take the chance to create a real legislative environment to promote healthy cooling and heating practices that supply the need for cooling while offering a minimal amount of emissions.
A New Approach
Europe intends to use their Green Deal and other measures to create a carbon-neutral environment. If the continent wants to create a sustainable economy that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, then it could mean having to change how we approach the cooling industry.
Officials in Europe aim to have a new Energy System Integration Strategy ready to go in June. The new strategy could have a major impact on the European heating and cooling sector. The goal is to take a more holistic approach to powering agriculture, industry, transport, gas, electricity and – of course – the cooling sector. It’s a bold ambition but it just might work, and the sector needs to be prepared for when it happens.
Cooling is Key
Sustainable cooling options, delivered through a comprehensive strategy of transport and energy, is going to be key to making Europe carbon-neutral by 2050. There has been increased demand for cooling systems, including air conditioning, across the continent. Even countries that are generally much cooler like Northern Europe are seeing more demand for cooling options.
The increase in demand will mean an increase in the need for knowledge and the right expertise across Europe when it comes to efficient cooling methods. The cooling sector will no doubt be a big part of the Green Deal, not to mention the overall goal of carbon neutrality.
The industry should focus on using sustainable renewable energy sources to meet this increased demand without doing more damage. Renewable energy must be at the heart of the carbon-neutral cooling industry. Many projects are already looking at the idea of using solar power to power cooling systems.
It makes sense given that areas and countries with the greatest cooling needs are those that see a lot of sun. The greatest demand for cooling comes during the summer, when homes are hit by plenty of sunlight. Why not cool them with the very same thing that requires them to be cooled?