To meet the REPowerEU targets, the heat pump sector needs an EU acceleration plan

Help us to co-create an EU heat pump accelerator

The European Commission’s REPowerEU plan sets ambitious heat pumps targets to help get the EU clean of fossil gas.  

The targets require the amount of newly plugged in heat pumps to double each year. EHPA estimates that this would lead to 20 million more heat pumps by 2026 and 60 million by 2030, up from about 17 million units today*. 

The European Commission also refers to other measures. These include ramping up equipment production for heat pumps, facilitating the sector’s access to finance and focusing on education and training in a range of skills from plumbing to architects. The Commission wants to change other rules that will help the targets be reached, like tougher energy efficiency requirements on buildings. These should see an end to ‘stand-alone’ fossil fuel boilers and products by 2029.  

Yet REPowerEU does not set forth a comprehensive way to bring these elements together. It will require more than an ambitious target to decarbonise heating and reach zero emissions by 2050.  

Europe’s heat pump sector invites partners and interested groups to co-create an action plan, a ‘heat pump accelerator’ - to help the sector deliver on the targets. Just like the solar power sector has.  Are you interested in helping co-create an EU heat pump accelerator? Do let us know: accelerator@ehpa.org 

We suggest the accelerator focus on five crucial goals:  

  1. Creating trust in long-term ambition for heat pumps - clearly spelling out at EU and national government level that they are a key technology for a climate-neutral Europe 

  2. Making clean heating the financially most attractive choice – governments should stop subsidising fossil fuel boilers and help everyone have access to a heat pump 

  3. Ensuring policy helps and does not hinder the market – EU laws should not disrupt a growing technology but instead push it forward through greater climate and energy ambition  

  4. Boosting skills for the energy transition – training programmes should be put in place so there are enough workers for every part of the heat pump process, from manufacturing to installation 

  5. Supporting R&D – to allow the sector to ensure a cost-efficient and effective solution for every type of building, climate, industry and need 

Are you interested in helping co-create an EU heat pump accelerator? Do let us know: accelerator@ehpa.org 

*The initial focus of the EU Commission is on water-based (‘hydronic’) heat pumps and sees a total of 10 million additional units to be necessary by 2026. The original REPowerEU communication set the 2030 target at 30 million units. As this will have positive effects also on heat pumps that heat air systems rather than water, we estimate that the predicted values for the EU market will double. This comes to an additional 20 million heat pumps by 2026 and 60 million by 2030, building on a 2021 stock of about 17 million units today. 

 

For more information, please contact us on: accelerator@ehpa.org 
For media queries, please contact: Sarah Azau, Head of Communications