European Energy Security Strategy


The EU imports more than half of all the energy it consumes.  Its import dependency is particularly high for crude oil (more than 90%) and natural gas (66%). The total import bill is more than €1 billion per day. Many countries are also heavily reliant on a single supplier, often Russia. This dependence leaves them vulnerable to supply disruptions, whether caused by political or commercial disputes, or infrastructure failure. 

The role of heat-pump solutions

Every year 40% of the total energy consumed in Europe is used for the generation of heat for either domestic or industrial purposes. The use of heat is currently not being optimised. Heat pumps can help increasing energy security. Heat pumps are efficient, use renewables and thus reduce GHG emission. In addition, more heat pumps result in a growth of local jobs and create a real alternative to the EU’s dependency on fossil fuel imports. EHPA’s recent paper ‘winter is here’ shows how an increased number of heat pumps over time could put an end to the need of Russian gas imports to Europe. This particular scenario would be paired with the creation of 333,772 additional jobs [1]. The heat pump industry is mature and ready to deliver. From residential to industrial applications, from heating and cooling, heat pumps offer a variety of solutions to increase energy security. 

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