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Heating transition

Driving forward the transformation of the heating sector

Researching goal-oriented instruments for a social just and climate-neutral heating transition in the building sector

There are two important steps to reducing operational emissions in the building sector by 2030 and 2050: reducing the useful energy demand through renovations, and converting heat to renewable energy sources. Emissions in the buildings sector have already fallen by almost half since 1990. However, the decline has slowed in recent years. The reasons for this are stagnating renovation rates and, although the 2020 sectoral target of 14 percent renewable energy was achieved, the need for significant increases in the decarbonisation of heat in the future. The sector is characterised by a variety of private players who need to be considered and addressed. In addition, there are obstacles such as a lack of skilled workers, insufficient economic incentives and the potential risks of social hardship.

The Ariadne project investigates barriers to the transformation of the heating sector and considers which economic, regulatory and informational instruments can be used to overcome them. These include the economic boundary conditions for renewable heating systems and heating network infrastructure, as well as various issues around building renovation, especially with regard to social compatibility. Together with stakeholders from the real estate sector, politics and society, Ariadne examines which instruments can efficiently advance a change in the building sector and identifies actions to effect a socially just and climate-neutral transition in the heating sector.

News from the project

Governance & Institutions, Heating transition |

Knowing what works: How to improve the evaluation of existing climate protection measures

In order to assess the success or failure of strategies to reduce emissions in the building sector, reliable data, evaluation of all policy programs, good timing of evaluations and their inclusion in political reform processes are necessary – foundations …

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Hydrogen, Scenarios, Industrial transition, Heating transition, Electricity Transition, Transport transition |

More new fossil gas heating systems, only tentative progress: energy transition update

Reduced fossil fuel consumption due to the energy crisis, tentative positive signs in the expansion of renewable energy capacities, electric cars and heat pumps – but not fast enough, according to new figures from the Ariadne Transformation Tracker. Moreover, …

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