Key facts on the sector

  • Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of global energy use and one third of global greenhouse gas emissions, both in developed and developing countries. (UNEP - United nations environment programme)
  • 40% of the residential buildings were constructed before 1960 when heating technologies were not as advanced as today (EHI, Heating in the Spotlight)
  • The heating sector can contribute to the largest portion of carbon savings by 2030 in retrofitting existing buildings and replacing energy-using equipment (EHI, Heating in the Spotlight)
  • Eurostat reports a total annual refurbishment rate of almost 4.9 million units in the EU 25. According to IEA, by replacing oil/gas burners with heat pumps, it should be possible to save 15 to 90 million tonnes CO2 per year in Europe.