Rothe calls for 25% EU renewable heating target

German MEP tables proposal for binding rules to boost heating and cooling from renewable energy

The EU should set a binding target for 25% of heating and cooling to come from renewable energy by 2020, German MEP Mechtild Rothe told the European parliament's industry committee on Tuesday.

Ms Rothe was presenting a draft resolution calling on the European commission to submit legislation by July 2006. Last year the commission rejected the idea of a renewable heat directive as impractical (EED 26/05/04).

The MEP is caling for a Europe-wide system for monitoring use of renewables for heating and cooling. She also proposes a mandatory requirement for new buildings to have renewables-based heating, and long-term financial support for the sector.

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