UK heat pump market set to almost double this year, says survey

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The Heat Pump Association, which represents around 95% of the heat pump manufacturing market share, has surveyed its members to estimate the supply of heat pumps in 2021.

According to the survey, manufactures have placed orders with their supply chains to deliver a total of 67,000 units this year.

This is reported to equate to a nearly double the number of heat pumps on shelves and in warehouses ready for installers to meet the growing consumer demand.

Phil Hurley, Chair of the Heat Pump Association, commented on the announcement: “The near doubling of the heat pump market this year would be a substantial achievement at a time when the decarbonisation of homes and buildings is not just desired but essential; our members are committed to turning today’s forecast into a reality and have clearly backed this up with their advanced ordering.

“The estimation of 67,000 heat pumps in 2021 shows the confidence from members of the HPA in delivering the scale up of heat pumps that the Prime Minister’s Ten Point plan necessitates.

“This is just the beginning of a long journey ahead but we’re off to an incredibly promising start.”

Last year, the Prime Minister laid out his Ten Point Plan, which set out ambitions to roll out 600,000 heat pumps into homes per year by 2028.

According to the Heat Pump Association, with 35,000 heat pumps sold in 2019, the near doubling of the market is a significant step in the right direction.

The Association recently published a net zero roadmap, which called for 72,000 heat pump installations this year.

In December, the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee told the Energy Minister that the government’s ambition to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 could fail unless there are enough skilled engineers in the supply chain.