German government They voted on a bill On Wednesday, it banned most oil and gas-fired heating boilers in new buildings and oil from 2024 as part of a plan to reduce emissions.
Germany’s ruling coalition has decided that almost all new heating systems must run on 65% renewable energy, with exemptions for homeowners over 80 and for low-income families.
Industry associations and the German public do not agree with the planned ban. Chance survey commissioned by RTL and NTV show up This week, 78% of Germans said they disagree with the bill, and only 18% think the decision to ban oil and gas heating systems is the right one.
Most of the opposition to electric heating that runs on renewable energy stems from concerns about rising heating prices. A total of 62% of respondents expect prices to rise if their heating comes from renewables, while only 12% expect their heating bills to decrease.
According to the bill approved by the government and seen by Reuters, switching to renewables for heating could cost Germans around $10 billion (€9.16 billion) each year until 2028.
Last month, the German heating industry said the government’s plan to install electric heat pumps instead of oil and gas boilers should not be rushed because all-electric heating systems require huge investments in the network.
Germany plans to install more and more electric heat pumps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and reduce its dependence on oil and natural gas for heating.
However, associations in the heat pump industry warn that abandoning oil and gas boilers too soon would be unrealistic and pose an enormous financial challenge. Industry associations say Germany should be flexible in allowing hybrid pumps and not ban oil and gas boilers too soon.
In 2022, heat pump sales in Germany will jump by 53%, according to Numbers From the Association of the German Heating Industry (BDH) released earlier this year.
By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com
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