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Session C1 2017-09-05T22:18:11+00:00


Renewables-based Heating and Cooling

Day: 12th September, 2017

Time: 15:00 – 16:30


Short Description:

In 2016, energy use for heat accounted for more than one-half of total world final energy consumption –greater than the share of the entire power sector. Energy demand for cooling is significantly lower, but is increasing rapidly in many countries. Renewable heating and cooling, however, do not feature predominately in the energy debate and the sector receives significantly less attention than the power sector. Policies looking at demand and supply aspect for renewable-based heating and cooling sectors are needed.

In 2016, the vast majority of renewable heat continued to be supplied by biomass, with smaller contributions from solar thermal and geothermal energy. Modern renewable energy currently supplies approximately 9% of total global heat demand. In the heating sector, different renewable energy sources are available: biomass accounts for almost 90% of renewable direct heat use, solar thermal for 8% and geothermal accounts for 2%.

Questions to be addressed by the session:

  1. Will the future of the heating and cooling be mainly thermal or electric applications?
  2. What could be potential approaches to stimulate the market for RE-based industrial process heat? Are ESCOs offering operation and maintenance, guaranteed yields, or simple energy delivery contracts the way to go, especially when shorter payback periods are considered a barrier?
  3. What could be effective ways to address the information and knowledge deficiencies of potential customers in the various industry sectors? Do you know of any successful approaches?
  4. Difficulties in obtaining financing are often cited as one of the main limiting factors. What could be done to increase the bankability of solar thermal process heat systems?
  5. What can be done to make sure that a large share of the estimated 1.6bn new air conditioners in 2050 is powered by RE? What bundle of action needs to be taken by developers and producers, policy and regulation?
  6. Rising cooling demand can be met by increasing building efficiency. Studies indicate that Mexico could reduce demand by approximately 22%. What part does efficiency play in the rising demand for cooling and how does RE-based cooling fit into it?

Session composition:

The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.

Keynote: Mr. Roberto Best y Brown, President, COGENERA

Moderator: Mr. Cédric Philibert, Energy and Climate Change Analyst, IEA 


Other Panelists TBC

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