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The Hidden Risks of Building Energy Law: How Deceptive Packaging is Harming Industry Investments


Instead of H2-ready gas heaters as climate protection readiness, I prefer real climate protection. Long-term H2 scarcity excludes this technology for heating in private households. The dream of self-sufficiency must be dreamed differently.


Robert Busch, Managing Director of the Federal Association of the New Energy Industry (BNE), comments on the draft of the Building Energy Act, which has become known, with the words that his association expressly welcomes the renewed confirmation that from January 1st, 2024 every newly installed heating system will be powered by at least 65 percent renewable energies must be operated.


"However, we need climate protection instead of climate protection readiness," says Busch. The draft of the Building Energy Act has been significantly softened. "H2-readiness for heating is a worst-case scenario, since such gas boilers can simply be operated with natural gas for many more years." According to the gas industry itself in the context of the debate on the EU taxonomy, with regard to the "green It has been shown convincingly and unchallenged, as a property of gas-fired power plants, that hydrogen cannot be available in sufficient quantities for power plants in the medium and long term - and certainly not for heating in private households. “The federal government adopted this line of argument about the H2 shortage at the time. It will be interesting to see

According to the BNE, there is now a risk of massive bad investments in devices that will have to be replaced again in a few years. Climate protection is not helped one bit if transformation plans have to be presented on paper, but hydrogen can never actually come to the same extent. "That's very optimistic when it comes to district heating, but when it comes to gas networks it's simply misnomer. We will not see a 100 percent H2 gas distribution network for gas heaters," says Busch.

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