The ramp-up of the German heat pump market is in full swing with sales surging 53% year-on-year in 2022 as an increasing number of consumers are switching to heat pumps as an alternative to fossil fuel heating.
A total of 236,000 heat pumps were sold last year in Germany and the country is nearly halfway to the goal of 500,000 devices set by the federal government for 2024, industry associations BWP and BDH said this week. The sharp increase last year was achieved in a difficult environment due to personnel and delivery bottlenecks.
The 2024 target is ambitious but can be achieved, according to Paul Waning, Chairman of the German Heat Pump Association (BWP).
To further spur the expansion of heat pumps, the announced amendment to the Building Energy Act must be implemented quickly and consistently, according to the two associations. Under the amended law, every new heating system should be powered by at least 65% renewable energy from next year and this requirement will make the heat pump the standard solution.
In addition, appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that the switch from oil and gas boilers to heat pumps is worthwhile in terms of energy prices.
Martin Sabel, Managing Director of the industry association, noted that a similar increase as in 2022 is needed in the following years and politicians should further improve the framework conditions for heat pumps in the coming months.
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