ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
The Warm Homes 4 All campaign is an initiative of CAN Europe Network to promote sustainable renewable heating solutions for all homes across Europe.
This is a solution-oriented campaign, co-created with members and working closely with partners.
We aim to support change at national level for the full decarbonisation of the heating sector based on energy efficiency and renewables. Campaigning at the national level is key to raise awareness and strengthen the public discourse on the importance of moving away from fossil fuels and inefficient systems.
This is a pan-European campaign, so we will facilitate and support the participation of NGOs from countries outside the European Union.
The heating sector urgently needs to become renewable, accessible, efficient and affordable for all
We need to transform European houses where more than 450 million of us live, study and work to sustainable and climate-friendly buildings which will have positive impacts on peoples’ everyday lives, to make them more comfortable, safe, and healthy.
For this to happen, a shift to a 100% renewable heat supply in combination with deep building renovations and improving energy efficiency standards is urgently needed for all households, especially vulnerable and low-income households, who need to receive the necessary support to heat and/or cool their homes while improving energy savings. This transition can alleviate the effects of energy poverty through a greater resilience to fossil fuel prices rises and help lower household’s energy costs.
Fossil fuels have no place in our future and the provision of fossil fuel subsidies along with the installation of fossil fuel boilers in all new and renovated buildings should be stopped by 2025 at the latest. Instead, old heating systems in buildings need to be replaced with sustainable, renewable heating solutions, such as heat pumps powered by renewable electricity that capture ambient and geothermal heat. Also district heat networks can also be the bridge linking renewable energy production with people, be it in the form of solar thermal geothermal heat, sustainably sourced biomass or electricity from renewable sources.
We all have to make sure that the transition is inclusive and delivers benefits for everyone, especially the most vulnerable. Governments need to implement the legislation and ensure adequate funding to accelerate the process. Local authorities need to prepare energy infrastructure for local renewable heating potentials and energy savings, working jointly with social housing projects, energy communities and energy professionals.
Europe urgently needs to address energy poverty, heating challenges and the climate crisis, we have all the solutions and funds in our hands to solve it
NEWS & RESOURCES
Below is the latest news from the campaign.
Building and heating decarbonisation for all: Embedding short-term fixes into a long-term structural approach
Energy poverty is not a new phenomenon: In 2019, 1 in 4 households in the EU, over 50 million individuals, could not afford to adequately heat, cool or light their
Repowering for the People: Flagship actions the Commission’s plan ‘REPowerEU’ should feature in the current fossil fuel and energy prices crisis
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exposed the fossil fuel crisis more than ever. In addition to the current level of climate emergency, we are experiencing a paradigm shift on the scale
FACTSHEET Buildings still cause 36% of the EU’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. But solutions have already come into reach: For the houses, we’re living and working in, the energy transition
Below is the Renewable Heating Campaign’s Visual Gallery. Please feel free to download the images here.
They are available in six different languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, English, Portuguese & Spanish)
Below are some of the publications that members have collaborated on under the Renewables Heating Campaign.
Energy Monitor Op-ed: CEE countries must not spend EU money to finance natural gas in district heating
In spite of EU climate goals and soaring gas prices, an EU Modernisation Fund for energy systems has spent €167m
Zona Zero: What do we need to do to eliminate fossil fuels from our homes during the summer and winter?
Episode 5 of the Zona Zero podcast was a special collaboration between ZERO Portugal and Climate Action Network Europe (CAN
An Op-ed article in Spain’s national newspaper El Páis on heating homes in a climate neutral manner through installing heat