BELGIUM: Thomas Nowak is to step down as secretary general of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA).
Nowak, who has driven the EHPA for the last 17 years, is set to join Sweden’s Qvantum Industries as VP public affairs and government relations in the first half of 2024.
During his time as secretary general, Nowak has developed the association from a “one man band” to a team of nearly 25 staff members, while membership has grown from a few dozen to more than 200 organisations.
Since 2006 the European heat pump industry has grown from sales of 500,000 units to three million last year.
“The sector has gone from a minnow to a big fish on my watch,” Thomas Nowak observed. Heat pumps are now recognised at all levels of society as critical to decarbonising buildings and industry and helping secure Europe’s energy independence.
“While I am moving on from EHPA, I will remain part of this vibrant and vital sector, convinced as I am of the benefits of heat pump technology. Handing EHPA over to new leadership will also be good for the association, as we are clearly seeing a sea change in the challenges the sector is facing.”
Paying tribute to Nowak’s contribution, EHPA president Martin Forsén said: “What Thomas has done for the heat pump sector is exceptional. With his genuine passion and dedication, he has brought us from a niche, somewhat geeky technology to where we are today – a major European industry playing a lead role in the race to net zero.”
“I have had the honour and privilege of being part of the journey alongside Thomas and am proud to call him a close colleague and friend. The entire heat pump industry cannot express its gratitude for all Thomas “Mr Heat Pump” Nowak has done.”