The Renewables Heating Campaign

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The Campaign

The Renewables Heating 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 European NGOs from countries outside the European Union.

Heat Homes Not The Planet

Finding alternative ways of heating our homes and powering our lives is a crucial contribution to tackling the causes of the climate crisis.

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. This transition can alleviate the effects of energy poverty through a greater resilience of energy price volatility and ensure energy security and independence.

Fossil fuels have no place in our future and 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 renewable energy 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.




5 for 25

Achieving an annual growth of at least 5 million new heat pumps from 2025 onwards is one of the three initiatives that CAN Europe recommends to accelerate a safe and just energy transition (see our RepowerEU briefing). The EU and national governments need to implement these initiatives immediately through integrated financial support. They are guided by CAN Europe’s PAC Scenario.


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

Full Heating Infographic (English, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Danish, Croatian & Spanish)

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Heating Infographic for social media (English, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Danish, Croatian & Spanish)

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Repowering for the People: Flagship actions the Commission’s plan ‘REPowerEU’ should feature in the current fossil fuel and energy prices crisis

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The role of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) for public finance mechanisms

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It’s time to get fossil fuels out of our homes

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How to roll out the energy transition in buildings

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