Following recent EU energy policy developments calling for a massive deployment of heat pumps in Europe in the years to come, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) upgraded its internal structures on 3 December by appointing a new extended board to represent the industry from 2020 to 2022.
This latest move came a few weeks after the heat pump industry had revised its internal strategy. The industry decided to better respond to the urgent need to quadruple the number of installed heat pumps across Europe, as hinted in the “Energy System Integration Strategy” and the “Renovation Wave” initiatives from the European Commission adopted earlier this year.
“We want all citizens and businesses in Europe to benefit without delay from all the advantages of all heat pumps technologies” said newly re-elected President, Martin Forsén. “It is clear now for everyone that heat pumps provide renewable, efficient, smart, healthy and circular solutions for heating, cooling and domestic hot water production and that they can do so as of today. Now it is time to join forces to speed up their deployment in all parts of the European economy”.
The next steps for EHPA will be to prepare a “Heat Pump Plan” to turn ambition into reality and reach out to new allies at both European and national levels.
The EHPA board
President: Martin Forsén, NIBE
Vice President: Johannes Brugmann, Stiebel Eltron
Vice President: Patrick Crombez, Daikin
Treasurer: Dina Köpke, Emerson Climate Technologies
The Executive Board is supported by the following eleven board members:
Luc De Torquat
Groupe Atlantic (New Board member)
Dr. Thomas Finke
Bosch Thermotechnology (New board member)
Dr. Thomas Fleckl
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Rolf Iver Hagemoen
Norwegian Heat Pump Association
Caroline Haglund Stignor, PhD
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Finnish Heat Pump Association SULPU
EDF (New board member)
Dr. Marek Miara
Fraunhofer ISE (New board member)
Dr. Barbara Priesching
Vaillant Group (New board member)
Małgorzata Smuczyńska, PhD
Polish Organization of Heat Pump Technology Development (New board member)
Panasonic Heating and Cooling
The new board comes to EHPA with substantial experience and knowledge of the European heat pump sector. Its members hold higher management positions (Director and Board level) in their respective companies and associations. The competence fields covered include manufacturing and a strong technical understanding of heat pump applications across areas, local markets, energy policies as well as research and development. Moreover, we are glad to have on board, members of the scientific community (Fraunhofer, AIT and RISE) as well as members of national heat pump associations from Poland, Norway and Finland.
Several manufacturers also agreed that fulfilling the ambition around heat pumps and the heating and cooling sector by 2030 would require more members to be active in high-level discussions with policy-makers, as well as bringing forward our vision to quadrable the number of heat pumps by 2030 and install more than 48.000.000 heat pumps in order to achieve the EU energy targets.
Ms Eirini Litina, +32 (2) 400 10 35, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.