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The Missing Piece in Climate Policy: Renewable Heating and Cooling in Germany and in the US (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 2010

This document released by the Heinrich Böll Foundation goes through the renewable heating and cooling market status and existing policy support both in the US and in Germany.

According to the authors, the debate on renewable energies is mainly focused on electricity and biofuels. This publication aims, hence, at shifting attention to the heating and cooling sectors and the technologies being used in this area. Heating and cooling accounts for an estimated 40-50% of final energy demand on a global scale. In the United States, the number is low, but still significant, around 20% of total energy demand.

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