Towards a decarbonised and efficient energy system – A call for action and a pledge for contribution

Heads of States and governments as well as stakeholders from civil society are meeting in Paris to come to an agreement on how to limit global warming to 2°C.

Countries around the world have submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC’s). While this is an important progress, recent evaluation shows that the level of ambition is too low to achieve the target.

Oftentimes, budgetary concerns are used to explain that a specific country can simply not afford to take action. At the same time, the amount of subsidies still paid to the use of fossil fuels is tremendously high.

Heat-pump technologies can cover the energy demands of residential and commercial applications as well as industrial processes without a loss of comfort or quality. They offer a real opportunity to close the gap between the current ambition level and the climate and energy targets of the EU and the world[1].

Heat-pump technologies’ potential can become reality, pending policy makers correct the highly distorted energy market.

The European heat pump industry calls Heads of States and governments for action!

  1. Correct the energy market by creating a strong price signal (i.e. a financial bonus) to the benefit of those technologies that have low carbon emissions and use renewable energy;
  2. Execute Member States’ decisions[2] to phase out fossil fuel subsidies as soon as possible;
  3. Set a compulsory share of renewable energy, reduced energy demand and CO2 emissions in future regulation governing the thermal energy demand of new or existing buildings.

We are convinced that these measures will transmit a proper signal to private, commercial and institutional investors and will align individual investment decisions with the global CO2 reduction targets.

You cannot afford not to act and we have solutions to help!

[1] Today’s heat pumps use renewable energy, reduce final and primary energy demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their installation results in local employment and when connected to smart grids, they facilitate a large share of RES electricity by providing demand response capacity.

[2] The pledge to phase out inefficient fossil energy subsidies is among others, part of the pledge of the G20 meeting of energy ministers in Pittsburg, USA, 2009. It is also an integral part of the European energy union (Communication from 18.11.2015) See .