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Switch4Air campaign highlights bioenergy’s role in heating sector

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Bioenergy Europe has launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of bioenergy’s role in supporting the heating sector’s transition to carbon-neutrality.

The Switch4Air campaign, created in collaboration with the European Pellet Council, supports the belief that bioenergy is central in propelling the heating sector towards carbon-neutrality and ensuring better air quality for Europe.

In 2018, 79% of energy sources used in heating came from fossil fuels, placing emphasis on the need to cover heating demand with carbon-neutral and clean energy sources.

According to Bioenergy Europe, various sources are accountable for poor air quality across Europe. While old and inefficient stoves and open fires contribute to the problem, new technologies and the use of district heating networks offer a solution, providing consumers with clean, efficient options.

With the European Green Deal instating heating as a priority in the fight against climate change, the renewable energy sector – particularly bioenergy – offers a vehicle through which carbon-neutrality and resulting air pollution can be addressed.

Bioenergy Europe believes that promoting the deployment of highly-efficient and modern bioenergy domestic appliances, as well as supporting the replacement of older models and ensuring proper maintenance and installation, are key to the abatement of particulate matter (PM2,5 and PM10) emissions.

“There are enormous misconceptions about our sector and the role it will play in the EU’s energy mix,” said Jean-Marc Jossart, secretary-general at Bioenergy Europe. “Bioenergy offers a viable and readily available solution that both reduces air pollution and supports EU climate targets.

“We call for political action that fosters the technological development and deployment of carbon-neutral, low emissions appliances. We urge for coherent financial measures and investments that trigger the transition.

“Moreover, we wish to inform end-users of the role they must play by raising awareness of simple yet effective tips that they can take to reduce emissions from their domestic heating appliances.”