Press Release: Heat pump industry sets a new gear on the road to decarbonisation

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On 16 May 2018, the members of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) appointed a new board to represent the industry from 2018 to 2020, which will be a crucial period for the association to push the decarbonisation of heating and cooling high on the list of priorities of the next European Commission.

The new board comes to EHPA with substantial experience and knowledge of European energy policies as well as a strong technical understanding across applications for heat pumps. Georg Blümel, Daikin/Rotex stated “My motivation for serving on the EHPA board : fighting to make heat pumps  the best option for heating & cooling –because governments are losing ambition”.

EHPA General Assembly, 16 May 2018, Vienna

EHPA General Assembly, 16  May 2018, Vienna

EHPA welcomes a new board member, Julia Panzer, Director, Strategic Communication from Danfoss. Julia Panzer added “I am delighted to be joining EHPA’s board and would like to contribute strategic and communications insights in our effort to decarbonize the heating and cooling sector, starting with heat pumps”.

Several manufacturers also agreed that achieving the full decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector by 2050 would require more members to be active in high-level discussions with policy-makers, as well as a strengthened collaboration with other parts of the industry (such as in the framework of DecarbHeat initiative).


EHPA’s Secretary General, Thomas Nowak said: “Heat pump technology is central to delivering the EU climate and energy  targets. We need a strong and united voice that will bring our vision in the ongoing policy discussions. We need to make sure that heat pumps will play their part and help bridge among various technologies. I am therefore delighted that the new board is set to tackle this challenge and bring many successes ahead of us.”  


The elected candidates are:


Georg Blümel

Rotex / Daikin


Heat-pump Manufacturer

Prof. Wim Boydens

Boydens engineering



Dr. Johannes Brugmann



Heat-pump  Manufacturer

Eric Delforge



Heat-pump Manufacturer

Dr. Thomas Fleckl

Austrian Institute of technology


Research institute

Martin Forsen



Heat-pump Manufacturer

Jussi Hirvonen

SULPU – Finnish HP association


Heat-pump Association

Dina Koepke

Emerson Climate technologies


Heat-pump Component Manufacturer

Julia Panzer



Heat-pump Manufacturer

Contact details

Ms Eirini Litina, +32 (2) 400 10 35,


Note to the editor

EHPA promotes awareness and deployment of heat pump technology in Europe. All activities aim at creating a market environment that facilitates a faster deployment of heat pump technology to unleash its benefits on a European level: efficient heating and cooling using renewable energy. EHPA also coordinates the Heat Pump Keymark – a European certification scheme for all heat pumps, combination heat pumps and hot water heater. For more information, please visit: