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THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION WINTER PACKAGE: ONE WINDOW OPEN FOR RENEWABLE HEAT AND SOLAR THERMAL, SEVERAL DOORS CLOSED FOR RENEWABLES AND DECARBONISATION

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Brussels - November, 30.11.2016The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) welcomes the new focus on renewable heat in the new Renewable Energy Directive, although regretting several incoherences in the Winter Package, and an overall low level of ambition for the renewable energy sector.

The European Commission released today a set of legislative measures related to the energy sector, referred to as the Winter Package. Most notably, it contains the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Together, they constitute the legislative pillars underpinning the EU renewable energy sector.
 
ESTIF welcomes the unprecedented focus on renewable heating in the RED, through the introduction of a new dedicated tool to boost deployment of renewable heating technologies such as solar thermal. To be effective enough, this measure must be now upgraded to a mandatory obligation scheme on heat suppliers, which must be carefully implemented by Member States, so that it really promotes renewable heating technologies such as solar thermal.

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Closing but not ending of the FROnT project

The FROnT project led by ESTIF run from 01 April 2014 to 31 December 2016. It addressed several topics such as:

1- RES-HC technology and market development;

2- End-user decision-making factors;

3 - Costs and prices;

4 - Strategic policy priorities and support schemes: good practices and recommendations;

5 - Reaching out to consumers: using multiplying effects

and developed several tools for consumers... 

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SOLAR KEYMARK: A CERTIFICATION SCHEME FOR EUROPE

 

The Solar Keymark is widely recognised in solar thermal support programmes throughout Europe.

The mark certifies the conformity of a solar thermal collector or system to the relevant European Standards
(EN 12975 or EN 12976).

For information on how to obtain this Quality Label for Solar Thermal products within Europe, click here.

A STRATEGIC RESEARCH AGENDA FOR SOLAR THERMAL

 

Back in 2005 a group of industry experts and ambitious researchers realised Solar Thermal Technologies needed an improvement on its Research strategy. It was during the 2nd European Solar Thermal Energy Conference that the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP) was launched.

ESTTP's main goal is to make even better solar thermal products, able to work in more applications. Solar Thermal can be used for much more than just heating houses or sanitary water.

To learn more about the future of Solar Thermal technologies visit the Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling.

Solar Thermal News

PRESS RELEASE - The European Commission Winter Package: One window open for renewable heat and solar thermal, Several doors closed for renewables and decarbonisation

Date : 30/11/16

PRESS RELEASE

Brussels - November, 30.11.2016. The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) welcomes the new focus on renewable heat in the new Renewable Energy Directive, although regretting several incoherences in the Winter Package, and an overall low level of ambition for the...

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PRESS RELEASE - Solar Certification Fund: 8th call launched Fosters quality assurance for tomorrow’s Solar Thermal technology!

Date : 18/11/16

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Brussels, 18 November 2016 – The Solar Certification Fund (SCF) launches today its 8th call for proposals to continue to provide regular and reliable support for (1) developing better and new Solar Thermal certification and standardisation processes, (2) ensuring quality assurance...

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PRESS RELEASE - Solar thermal contribution to the 2020 targets: Sector has potential for doing more

Date : 03/11/16

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Brussels - November, 3.11.2016. The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) published today a summary of its annual overview on the European Solar Thermal markets for the 2015 year. The European solar market is currently facing a contraction of the newly installed...

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