22 May 2008

REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT FOR HEAT PUMP TECHNOLOGY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE MARKET


This paper aims to present the regulatory trends directly affecting market
conditions for the take up and expansion of heat pump technology in the European Union.
The most important developments are singled out (Renewable Energy Sources Directive
(RES), Energy using Products Directive (EuP), Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
(EPBD)) and their influence on the regulatory environment for heat pumps is discussed with
a special focus on the RES Directive. Additionally, the lobbying efforts of the European Heat
Pump Association aimed at setting the most favourable conditions for heat pumps are
presented. The paper concludes with a short analysis of the main regulatory trends on the
heat pump market, research and development and situation of heat pumps vis a vis other
technologies.