Compiled by Susan Phalippou, JARN’s France Correspondent
Heat pump technology is increasingly penetrating the European market. Almost 8.4 million heat pumps are currently operating in Europe. They provide 147 terawatt-hours (TWh) of useful energy, re - duce the final energy demand by 120 TWh and avoid 24 Mt of CO2 emissions. Overall, the market is growing by about 900,000 units per year.
Over 47,000 persons are employed full-time in the manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of heat pumps in Europe.
In 2015, the European heat pump market grew by 10%, resulting in a record year with 880,179 units sold and contributing to 24 Mt of CO2 emission savings. Sales of air-to-air (ATA) heat pumps showed the highest growth. These figures were released very recently by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA). Geographically, the strongest growth occurred in the Mediterranean countries: Spain (+15%), Italy (+20%), and France (+8%). Renewable cooling has become a major focus at the European Union (EU) level, with the Heating and Cooling Strategy and revision of the Renew-able Energy Directive.