European Solar Thermal Industry Federation

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

Date: 03 Nov 2016
Category: ESTIF PR, ESTIF News


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 capacity, representing a decrease of 6% in sales compared to 2014.

This summary underlines the relevance of the renewable heating and cooling (RES-HC) sector and that a stronger contribution of RES-HC can push Member States closer to their 2020 targets and the European Union closer to reach the Energy Union goals.

Solar heating and cooling still plays an important role in the European energy strategy, allowing for decentralised solutions to meet the heating and cooling demand in Europe, replacing the dependency on imported fossil fuels and creating local jobs.” said Pedro Dias, ESTIF Secretary General, “

The report also shows that the implementation of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) for solar thermal energy is below target, confirming the last assessment done by the European Commission. This underachievement is evident even for countries such as Italy, Spain and France, which have a great potential for the deployment of solar thermal, if the right measures were in place.

With four years left to achieve the 2020 targets, Renewable Energy Sources in Heating and Cooling (RES-HC) still offer a huge untapped potential, that can be quickly deployed. Solar thermal applications, such as solar water heaters or solar heat for industrial processes, have demonstrated their competitiveness.” Added Pedro Dias, “At the same time, investment in solar thermal solutions helps to promote energy security, reducing energy imports and CO2 emissions while promoting local job creation.


Note for the editors

As press representative, if you are interested to read the Summary report, please visit our website our find it attached: The full report will be released on December 1st.


The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is the voice of the solar thermal industry, actively promoting the use of solar thermal technology for renewable heating and cooling in Europe. With around 52 members in Europe, ESTIF represents the entire value chain.

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If you have any queries, please contact Geoffroy Cazenave, ESTIF Communications Officer, geoffroy.cazenave(at) or by phone at the following phone number: +32 485 490 767.


Solar Thermal Markets
in Europe

Trends and Markets
Statistics 2015

(published November 2016)


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