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April 2020

CLIMATE POLICY

A European Green Deal for heat

With 75% of space and water heat in Europe generated from fossil fuels, the associated emissions are pushing our climate goals out of reach. Yet the debate about decarbonising heat can be fraught with, well, hot air. In an article for Foresight Climate & Energy, we share a holistic approach with actionable principles and policy recommendations to unlock the benefits of clean heat for the energy system and society as a whole.

   
   

ANNOUNCEMENT

Continuing RAP’s work during COVID-19

For many, the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most difficult times we have ever faced. Concerns for family and community are paramount, but at the same time RAP’s staff remains committed to accelerating the transition to clean energy. In a video message, CEO Richard Sedano and Europe programme director Jan Rosenow talk about how we remain available to help policymakers, regulators and others.

   
   

WEBINAR

Heating without the hot air: Principles for smart heat electrification

In a recent report, we recommend four principles for decarbonising heating and practical policies for implementing them. On 7 May, we are teaming up with Leonardo Energy to offer a webinar free of charge to share these ideas and field your questions. We hope you can join us.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

Evolution of distribution networks toward a decentralised energy system

As part of the Horizon 2020 project PV-Prosumers4Grid, Andreas Jahn spoke at an EU policy workshop for selected energy and climate decision-makers and stakeholders. He explored developing distribution networks in light of the increasing decentralisation of the energy system, customer engagement and prosumerism.

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RAP IN THE MEDIA

“COVID-19 will have a major impact on our economy. Injecting energy efficiency investment can help to bring the European economy back on track.”


GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Three new electric vehicle resources

While current public health and economic challenges may pose a temporary roadblock, the future of transportation seems to lie in electrification. David Farnsworth highlights first steps U.S. states are taking to pave the way for the EV transition, along with RAP’s work on EV model legislation and performance incentives.

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