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Stakeholder forum I: heat pumps action plan


Rolling out heat pumps is central to the clean-energy transition and to achieving carbon neutrality in line with the goals set in the European Green Deal. All policy scenarios underpinning the ‘Fit for 55’ legislative proposals show a significant uptake of heat pumps in all sectors, notably in buildings. To meet the 2030 targets and deliver the needed fast decarbonisation of heat, installing boilers in new buildings and replacing fossil-fuel boilers with newer ones should be discontinued as soon as possible.  

The European Commission is preparing an action plan to accelerate the roll-out of heat pumps. It will take the form of strategic communication to be adopted towards the end of 2023 and include specific measures to address the main barriers and strengthen the pull factors for a faster roll-out of heat pumps.

A call for evidence was launched on 28 April (open for input until 26 May) and it will be followed by an open public consultation.

This hybrid event will focus on skills and communication and it is the first of a series of 4 stakeholder events that are being set up to provide a focused exchange and discussion on the envisaged building blocks of the communication. The presentations are available on a dedicated CIRCABC page.

The dates and themes for the coming events are listed below.

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  • energy efficiency
  • Thursday 25 May 2023, 09:45 - 16:00 (CEST)
  • Brussels, Belgium


  1. 25 May 2023, 09:45 - 16:00 (CEST)
    Agenda– skills and communication

    9:45 - 10:00

    Welcome and introduction by the Chair 

    10:00 – 11:30 

    •  Presentation by H2020 HP4ALL project - Padraic O’Reilly, 
    • Technological University of the Shannon
    • Skills foresight and training programmes for installers – Rolf 
    • Iver Hagemoen, European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) and 
    • Norsk Varmepumpeforening (NOVAP)
    • How to best size the needed carrots: views from the building 
    • services engineering sector, mechanical contractors, plumbers, 
    • and HVAC installers – Oliver Jung, GCP Europe
    • The skills agenda needed to reach the EU’s heat pumps 
    • deployment needs: the European manufacturers point of view –
    • Federica Sabbati, Association of the European Heating Industry 
    • (EHI)



    11:40 – 13:00 

    • BuildUp skills introduction: Luca Angelino, CINEA
    • Presentation of a regional HP4All example: Upper Austria 
    • Christiane Egger, Energiesparverband (ESV)
    • Views from electrical contractors: EuropeOn (tbc)
    • Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills in the construction 
    • sector Javier Gonzales, Fundacion Laboral (tbc)
    • Skills and the cross-craft dimension - lessons learned in several 
    • BUILD UP Skills projects and heat pump upskilling in the 
    • Netherlands Jan Cromwijk, ISSO 

    13:00 – 14:15

    Lunch break 


    Discussion: advancing the skills agenda, building knowledge and confidence on the consumer side: identifying key operational actions

    15:45 – 16:00 

    Wrap-up on main areas to follow up 

Practical information

Thursday 25 May 2023, 09:45 - 16:00 (CEST)
Centre A. Borschette (CCAB)
Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium