A heat pump is a device that can provide heating, cooling and hot water for residential, commercial and industrial use. Despite the name, all heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling. They work well in nearly all types of climate.
EHPA aims for quality. Together with its member it tries to show both the end-consumers and policy makers that heat pumps are quality products that are very energy efficient and are using the available renewable energy sources as much as possible.
EHPA is the voice of the heat pump sector in the European Union and advocates for a faster deployment of heat pumps. We want EU laws that enable heat pumps to become the number one heating and cooling solution in Europe. Everyone, everywhere should have access to sustainable, affordable heating.
EHPA members meet at the annual general assembly.
EHPA organises the annual conference Heat Pump Forum, and several heat pump related events every year.
EHPA co-organises and supports the European Heat Pump Summit in Nuremberg.
EHPA is present at major trade fairs in Europe.
On 8 July 2020, the EU Commission published a Strategy on Energy System Integration. Sector integration means linking the various energy carriers - electricity, heat, cold, gas, solid and liquid fuels - with each other and with the end-use sectors, such as buildings, transport or industry.
The Strategy foresees 40% of all residential and 65% of all commercial buildings to be heated by electricity in 2030. This should be done mainly through heat pumps.
EHPA supports the linking of sectors, which will boost heat pumps and allow the optimisation and decarbonisation of the energy system as a whole.
The EU has a target for net zero emissions by 2050, which is enshrined under its 2018 Climate Law.
EU Member States have developed both national climate and energy plans and long-term strategies on to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement and EU objectives.
EHPA is strongly supportive of high targets on greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency since heat pump technologies offer solutions as of today to meet these targets.
Each country must submit a progress report every two years, with the EU Commission keeping track of EU progress overall.
The NECPs were submitted in 2021 and will be updated in 2023. The 2021 versions lacked ambition with regard to measures in favour of smart, efficient and renewable heating and cooling in general.
EHPA supports national action to create a more favourable regulatory environment for heat pumps.