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19 organisations urge EU Commission to publish action plan for heat pumps

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) announced on Monday (22 January) that a coalition of 19 organisations, including industry associations, NGOs, consumer groups, and think tanks have issued an urgent call via an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to publish the EU Heat Pump Action Plan.

The unexpected delay in publishing the bloc’s plan for heat pumps, initially set for the first quarter of 2024 and now postponed until after the EU elections, threatens Europe’s energy transition, they warn.

With heating and cooling contributing to 38 per cent of Europe’s CO2 emissions, heat pumps will play a critical role in achieving climate neutrality and, therefore, in shaping the net-zero economy – leading to jobs and investments, the open letter read.

“The heat pump sector needs more stable policies to boost the shift from fossil fuels and energy imports to clean heat and energy independence. Pushing back the Plan that can deliver is a mistake. We call on the Commission to publish today so Europe gets back on track,” said Jozefien Vanbecelaere, Head of EU Affairs at the European Heat Pump Association.

Many of the signatory organisations contributed to anaccelerator” document, outlining strategies to expedite heat pump rollout, which was presented to EU Energy Commissioner Simson in June 2023 and to the European Commission’s public consultation on the plan.

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