The European Commission approves German aid for green heating | Free press

The federal government intends to allocate billions in subsidies to encourage the use of renewable energy in heating production. The green light has now come from Brussels.

Brussels.

Germany can invest almost EUR 3 billion in the promotion of heating from renewable energy sources. The EU’s competition authority approved aid of € 2.98 billion over six years on Tuesday. The money should create incentives to use renewable energy sources in heat production instead of fossil fuels, and thus accelerate the energy transition, the European Commission announced.

District heating is distributed to buildings via insulated pipes and can be produced in various ways, for example during electricity production in a power plant. Overall, according to the Commission, around four million tonnes of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) can be saved each year.

Feasibility studies should also be financed

Concretely, operators should in the future be able to receive direct subsidies for the construction of new district heating systems that are mainly powered by renewable energy or waste heat emitted as a by-product of industrial plants. Existing installations are to be modernized for money, and new installations can be built to generate heat using solar energy. There will also be subsidies for feasibility studies.

The Federal Minister of Economy and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck, responded with satisfaction in a statement to Brussels’ decision. Green district heating is key to a climate-friendly heat supply and is key to reducing dependence on fossil energy imports. “Especially in cities and densely populated areas, the combination of an increasingly climate neutral district heating system is the best solution to escape from oil and gas heating.”

According to the ministry, almost half of German households still heat using fossil natural gas and a further fourth using heating oil. According to Habeck, funding is targeted at energy supply companies, municipalities, public utilities and registered associations or cooperatives. (dpa)

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