Rolling out heat pumps is central to the clean-energy transition and to achieving carbon neutrality in line with the goals set in the European Green Deal. All policy scenarios underpinning the ‘Fit for 55’ legislative proposals show a significant uptake of heat pumps in all sectors, notably in buildings. To meet the 2030 targets and deliver the needed fast decarbonisation of heat, installing boilers in new buildings and replacing fossil-fuel boilers with newer ones should be discontinued as soon as possible.
The European Commission is preparing an action plan to accelerate the roll-out of heat pumps. It will take the form of strategic communication to be adopted towards the end of 2023 and include specific measures to address the main barriers and strengthen the pull factors for a faster roll-out of heat pumps.
A call for evidence was launched on 28 April (open for input until 26 May) and it will be followed by an open public consultation.
This hybrid event will focus on skills and communication and it is the first of a series of 4 stakeholder events that are being set up to provide a focused exchange and discussion on the envisaged building blocks of the communication. The dates and themes for the coming events are listed below.
- 16 June – Research, innovation and market development
- 5 July – Financing the roll-out of heat pumps
- September – Supportive framework conditions and governance (European, national, regional and local)