Heating & cooling


Heating and Cooling (H&C) accounts for around half of the EU energy use. According to the available scenarios, it will also remain the largest energy demand driver in the long-term. Due to its size and penetration, H&C production and consumption has a major impact on the EU economy and on whether the EU will be able to achieve its 2020 and 2030 climate and energy goals (greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy development) and its 2050 decarbonisation objective.

The role of biomass

Biomass represents today 89% of total EU renewable heat consumption and 15% of total EU heat consumption. This share is expected to slightly increase in 2020 according to Member States projections.

Our position

Biomass has the potential to deliver significant and cost-effective solutions to a growing heat demand. Innovative technologies are today mature and ready to deliver for heating buildings, cities and industrial process heat. Biomass heating can be achieved with a wide variety of technologies (stoves, boilers, district heating, cogeneration) and fuels (wood pellets, wood chips, briquettes, wood logs).

Latest documents

Heating and Cooling Strategy: AEBIOM contribution to the Commission’s consultation

Statement on How to Become Number 1 in Renewables - A contribution from the biomass, geothermal and solar thermal sectors

A Smart and Resilient Energy Union: Objectives and Measures for the Heat Sector