Good prospects for heat pumps in Europe

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Good prospects for heat pumps in Europe

Iris Hellas
Δημοσιεύθηκε σε Θέρμανση · 27 Νοέμβριος 2014
Tags: EHPA

The heat pump market is recovering. This is the conclusion reached in a new study by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) on the 2014 heat pump market, which analysed statistics from heat pump markets in 21 European countries.

The study also shows how EU policies affect the use of heat pumps and how the technology contributes to energy efficiency.

In 2013, heat pump sales increased by 3%. This slight increase was the first in three years. Over the past year, 771,245 heat pumps were sold in Europe, and it looks like this trend will continue in 2014. Thomas Nowak, the Secretary-General of EHPA, explains that this is good news not only for the heat pump industry but also for Europe's climate targets: "It has been said that the future Energy Union should be about sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply. Heat pumps can help to achieve these three objectives – they are efficient, use renewable energy and reduce GHG emission."

In another study (link is external), EHPA had already reported that the use of heat pumps would not only make a considerable contribution towards achieving the efficiency targets for 2030, but that installing 54 million additional heat pumps would eliminate the need for gas imports from Russia. So far, there are only approximately 6 million heat pumps installed in European buildings, but EHPA is confident that the goal of a total of 60 million heat pumps by 2030 is realistic. In order to achieve this, the European heat pump market would have to grow by 17% annually. These conditions could be created by government investment and by reducing the competitive advantages of several other, less environmentally friendly technologies. In addition, Europe's largest heat pump market France, which has an annual growth rate of 30%, demonstrates that the 17% target is not too high. According to the study, installing 60 million pumps would result in a total of 60 MTOE (Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent, equal to 697.8 TWh) of renewable energy becoming available, and energy consumption would be reduced by 37 MTOE (430.3 TWh). In addition, more than 300,000 new jobs would be created.

Iris Hellas,  Δωδεκανήσου 40, 567 28, Θεσσαλονίκη. Τηλ.:+30 2310 809414  email: [email protected]
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