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Heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of European energy consumption, say researchers

Thermal map across whole of Europe launched by EU-funded STRATEGO project to help authorities plan renewable heating and cooling projects

Heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of the final Energy consumption in Europe today, according to the EU-funded STRATEGO project.

The initiative, co-funded by the EU Intelligent Energy Europe Project, has released the Pan-European Thermal Atlas on renewable energy, aka PETA .

It is an interactive map which provides data about the thermal resources available in any region as well as the EU thermal demand. The map shows the local density of demands, available waste heat resources and the potential for renewable energy sources. This initiative aims to enable authorities to implement national cooling and heating plans in a more efficient way using this information.

The work expands on the UK water-source map previously published by DECC.

At the same time, maps of five EU Member States – the UK, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy and Romania –, which offer a range of populations, climate, resources and energy supply, have been created to support their governments in improving the efficiency of their energy systems.

The five are reported to be investing £810 billion between now and 2050 in a bid to reduce the total annual energy costs of the five countries by an average of 15 per cent.

 

 

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