MEP says EU policy ignoring district heating

The sectoral approach to the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) is discouraging district heating and cooling infrastructure that could deliver dramatic CO2 reductions, delegates at a conference in Copenhagen heard on Tuesday.

Italian MEP Vittorio Prodi, speaking at a conference held by district heating industry group Euroheat & Power, said the ETS' focus on energy production, not distribution, means it does not provide enough incentives to develop the grid infrastructure needed to connect combined heat and power (CHP) plants to heating and cooling systems.

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