Effective and ambitious policies are urgently needed to unlock the widespread benefits offered by using renewable energy in buildings and industry, as fossil fuels persist as the main fuel for heating and cooling, releasing harmful particulates, worsening air pollution and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. In this context, IRENA, IEA and REN21 have joined forces again to produce a report on the status and developments of policies for renewable heating and cooling.
The report provides an overview of the role of renewables in heating and cooling with context on the different technological options and applications. It showcases supporting policy mechanisms necessary to support the development and deployment of renewables in heating and cooling. The report builds on the classification of renewable energy policies presented in our other joint publication: Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition.
Read the key findings of this study in our background article.