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Heat pumps key to net zero target

UK: The UK Heat Pump Association (HPA) has set forth its roadmap of how heat pump technology can help the UK achieve its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

According to the HPA, its vision report – Delivering Net Zero: A Roadmap for the Role of Heat Pumps – outlines the industry’s commitment and readiness to step up to the challenge of delivering the necessary decarbonisation of heat through the scaling up of heat pump deployment.

It highlights three key pillars to delivering this objective: putting the consumer at the heart of change; upskilling the installer base; working with government to ensure a supportive policy mix. This would also rely on collaboration with government, certification organisations, other trade associations, and installers.

The decarbonisation of heat is seen as a key priority following the government’s announcement that the UK will become the first major nation to commit to reaching a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. 

The report explains how what pumps can make vast carbon savings immediately, something that the report claims will be vital to avoiding the worst consequences of the climate crisis. 

It emphasises that emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will not fall unless low-carbon heating systems are attractive to consumers, either by improving comfort levels or saving them money. The vision report enforces a message to consumers that heat pump technology can help to address other policy issues such as fuel poverty and air quality.

Properly trained and skilled technicians are also seen as vital to be able to design, install and operate heat pump systems effectively. The HPA says it will work with other leading organisations over the coming months to roll out a programme of training that will take existing heating engineers through the whole process of designing, installing and maintaining efficient low-carbon heating systems.

“The heating industry has been one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions and we now find ourselves at a pivotal moment as we look to decarbonise our heating supply,” said HPA chairman Graham Wright. “The HPA believes that there is a huge opportunity for the country to embrace heat pump technology at this time, and we want to re-emphasise the fact that heat pumps provide strong carbon savings now that will only increase further in the future.”

The report is available to download from the HPA website

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