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UK should heed Euro heat pump decline

UK: The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has called on the UK Government to take heed of the decline in European heat pump sales and institute clear, consistent and decisive action.

Figures released yesterday by the European Heat Pump Association (HPA) revealed a 5% drop in heat pump sales in Europe last year compared to 2022. This reversed a decade-long trend of annual increases.

The downturn is primarily being attributed to policy uncertainty and the disparity in the price between electricity and gas, which are being felt within the UK market too.

“Whilst the UK saw a small but welcome growth of 4% in heat pump sales in 2023 compared to 2022, the latest statistics from the EHPA illustrate the uncertainty surrounding the sector and must act as a wake-up call for all stakeholders involved in the world’s transition to low carbon energy use,” said HPA CEO Charlotte Lee.

“We need clear, consistent and decisive action from governments across Europe and in the UK to reverse this overall decline, and as highlighted by the EHPA’s report, one of the biggest influencing factors is the price of electricity relative to gas. The lowest carbon heat must be the lowest cost heat to accelerate the transition to electrification.”

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UK: A new report from the Heat Pump Association (HPA) sets out a comprehensive roadmap and recommendations for accelerating the adoption of heat pumps in the UK. Read more…

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