Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2009
Date Amended:

12 April 2011 (amendment effective since 1 May 2012);

28 July 2011 (amendment effective since 1 January 2012);

22 December 2011 (amendment effective since 1 April 2012)

Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Energy Utilities>CHP, Buildings>Building Type>Residential, Buildings>New buildings, Buildings>Building Type>Non-residential, Residential Appliances>Space cooling, Residential Appliances>Space heating
Agency:Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Enforcement:The proper authority for enforcing the law will be decided on individually by the respective German federal state; the penalties will be enforced according to the rules of the Act on Regulatory Offences (Ordnungswidrigkeitengesetz - OWiG)
Funding:up to EUR 50,000
Evaluation:Stipulated by the law through 2011, then every 4 years. Last evaluation report:
Penalty:EUR 50,000

Renewable Energies Heat Act (EEWärmeG) aims to increase the share of renewable energies in heat provision to 14% by 2020. The Act makes the use of renewable energy for space and hot water heating mandatory for new buildings. It also stipulates budget requirements to this end for the Market Stimulation Programme. While the Act applies only to new buildings, it leaves room for individual German States to enact policies addressing the existing building stock. Owners of buildings that are to be newly erected are obliged by the EEWärmeG to use a certain percentage of renewable energy for heating purposes (water and space heating). The minimum percentage depends on the renewable energy technology used. Various alternative measures are also permitted: - Energy Saving Regulation (EnEV) requirements for buildings must be increased by15%; - At least 50% of energy for heating purposes must be supplied by combined heat and power (CHP); - Energy supply by a district heating network, if heating is generated mainly by the use of renewable energy technologies, waste heat or CHP.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Buildings

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