THE ENERGY CHALLENGE
IN THE SECTOR
OF THERMIC COMFORT
The world’s energy consumption is increasing, and with it CO2 emissions: the planet’s environmental sustainability is at risk.
Every year, both domestic and commercial global consumption of primary energy increases proportionally to the social, economic and industrial development of emerging countries and adds to the already signifi cant consumption of Western countries.
Rising consumption causes higher CO2 emissions.
The most recent estimates on the amount of global CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, as a direct consequence of energy consumption, show an increase from 32.2 Gton/year in 2016 to over 44 Gton/year in 2040, absent regulatory interventions. Such an increase would seriously put environmental sustainability at risk.
AREAS OF INTERVENTION TO CURB CO2
Energy efficiency represents the main intervention to curb CO2.
According to the 2016 report of the International Energy Agency, if we consider the total number of possible areas of intervention for curbing CO2 emissions by 2040, 39% derives from the energy efficiency of products used by end users. More efficient products can contribute to substantially reducing the forecast increase in annual emissions.
ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN EUROPE BY SECTOR
In Europe, thermic comfort accounts for 28% of total energy consumption.
Analysing Europe alone, energy consumption and the related emissions are caused by three main areas: 24% is attributable to the industrial sector, 27% to transportation and 26% to domestic and commercial thermic comfort.
80% of residential
is for thermic
Thermic comfort is particularly
important in residential energy
consumption. An average, final
energy consumption for
domestic heating represents
67% of total
to 80% if energy consumption
for water heating is