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Policy & Regulation

EC’s gas security package receives mixed reaction

The energy industry has broadly welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen the supply security of gas, but still has reservations The energy industry has broadly welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen the supply security of gas, but still has reservations.
By Andreas Walstad 17 February 2016 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 19290
An Austrian combined heat and power plant. EU rules for gas heating and cooling have been criticised. (Siemens)

The European Commission’s legislative proposal to strengthen Europe’s gas supply security has received broad support from the energy industry but some sticking points remain – particularly regarding the role of gas for heating and cooling.

The package, which was launched on Tuesday, outlines plans to reduce gas consumption in the heating and cooling sector, which it says accounts for 59% of the EU’s use of the fuel – equivalent to 68% of the region’s gas imports. Most of Europe’s buildings are old,...