Factsheet: Heat Act (EEWärmeG)

Heat Act (EEWärmeG)

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Renewable Energies Heat Act - Act to Promote Renewable Energy for Heating Purposes
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Erneuerbare Energien Wärmegesetz - Gesetz zur Förderung Erneuerbarer Energien im Wärmebereich
EEWärmeG regulates the obligation to use renewable energy in new buildings. Owners of new buildings must cover part of their heat supply with renewable energies. This applies to residential and non-residential buildings for which a building application or construction notification was submitted after 1 January 2009. The share depends on the source of renewable energy used in the building. It is 15% for solar energy, 30% for heat from a biomethane or biogas fired CHP plant and 50% for other sources. Among these other sources, biomass fuels (firewood, pellets, chips, etc.) can only be used in high-yield boilers that comply with air quality legislation. The law is supplemented by the Market Incentive Programme (MAP). Public buildings are stimulated to take an exemplary role. The Biomass Sustainability Regulation stipulates the sustainability requirements for bioliquids, according to the Renewable Energy Directive.
Regulate the use of renewable energy in new buildings

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Responsible Authority: 
Bundesministerium für Umwelt (BMU) - Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety


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