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04/2010 - Building the future with solar

 The proSTO blueprint shows local authorities how to make a commitment to local sustainable energy by implementing solar thermal ordinances. The guide which provides first hands practical advice, case studies and best practices is deemed a tool for those in charge of introducing solar thermal ordinances at local level.

 Solar thermal which is already one of the major components in renewable heating systems, now sees its importance growing with the implementation of ambitious European and national policies in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. ESTIF warmly welcomes the publication of a blueprint for local and regional authorities implementing solar thermal ordinances and developing local strategies to secure energy supply and mitigate climate change.
 
Solar thermal plays a key role in reducing CO2 emissions and improving the quality of life at local and regional levels. Heating and cooling of buildings represent almost 40% of the total energy consumed in Europe, whereas already today, the solar thermal industry offers reliable and cost-effective solutions for producing domestic hot water, space heating, solar cooling, solar process heat and solar district heating.
 
Solar thermal ordinances present many benefits for local communities
Buildings erected today will use energy over the next decades. With the implementation of solar thermal ordinances, local authorities can help their inhabitants to save substantially on their energy bills and gain independence from oil and other fossil fuel price increases. 
 
Most of any household’s energy consumption is to fulfill two basic needs: hot water and space heating in winter. To meet these, relatively low temperatures in the range of 40-60°C are needed which can mostly be covered by sun energy, avoiding waste of oil, gas or electricity. Last not least, solar thermal can also be aesthetically integrated into new and existing buildings.
 
Overall, solar thermal is one of the most cost-effective forms of renewable energy with a considerable potential for growth in Europe. In small residential buildings, solar thermal has meanwhile become a standard product, installed in millions of homes in Europe. Solar thermal can however also be convenient for larger central heating systems as used in hotels, retirement facilities, hospitals or sport centres. Therefore solar thermal should be standard for all public buildings, allowing for substantial reductions in CO2 emissions at local level and paving the way towards the introduction of solar thermal ordinances.
 
Use the tools developed by the proSTO project partners and get started with the implementation of a solar thermal ordinance
The proSTO blueprint is based on the experience of five communities across Europe (cities of Lisbon, Murcia, Stuttgart, Giurgiu and region of Lazio) which developed public measures and ordinances for promoting the use of solar thermal at local level. 
 
This handbook steers local authorities through the whole process for developing and implementing a solar thermal ordinance at local level e.g. context, baseline assessment, ordinance components, flanking measures, monitoring.
 
Most of the existing solar thermal ordinances are connected to national or regional energy laws and implemented through local building codes. A growing number of European municipalities, regions and countries are adopting solar thermal ordinances, so far involving over 150 million Europeans.
 
Download the press release "Building the future with solar! issued on 8 April 2010 (in word, in pdf)
Download the proSTO Blueprint  (pdf)
 
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ProSTO Newsletter
Newsletter No.6 December2010
Promoting Solar Thermal Ordinances in Europe
  • ProSTO policy paper
  • Workshop: The Contribution of Renewable Heating and Cooling Technologies to Smart Cities , Brussels, 9 February 2011
  • Report on the ProSTO Workshop, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, 29 October 2010
  • Report on the ProSTO Webinar “Setting up the right incentives for boosting solar thermal in Europe”, 30 November 2010
  • Spain/Murcia - Workshop, 16 November: Development and implementation of solar thermal ordinances
  • Germany/Stuttgart: Amendment of the Renewable Heat Law “EEWärme” to comply with EU Directive
  • Save the dates 2011
  • ProSTO in the press
Newsletter No.6 December2010
Promoting Solar Thermal Ordinances in Europe
  • ProSTO policy paper
  • Workshop: The Contribution of Renewable Heating and Cooling Technologies to Smart Cities , Brussels, 9 February 2011
  • Report on the ProSTO Workshop, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, 29 October 2010
  • Report on the ProSTO Webinar “Setting up the right incentives for boosting solar thermal in Europe”, 30 November 2010
  • Spain/Murcia - Workshop, 16 November: Development and implementation of solar thermal ordinances
  • Germany/Stuttgart: Amendment of the Renewable Heat Law “EEWärme” to comply with EU Directive
  • Save the dates 2011
  • ProSTO in the press

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