In focus…Heat pumps and refrigerant gas technologies


For decades, the basic heating process has remained the same: fossil fuels have been burned to generate thermal energy in anything from households to industrial kilns. Now that greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere have surpassed critical levels, society has realised the importance of harnessing alternative technologies to fight climate change.

The Paris Agreement of 2015 aims to keep global temperature rise to within 1.5°C of pre-industrial levels. It calls for decarbonisation of global economic activity and a technological transformation. The switch from conventional fuel-fired heating boilers to heat pumps is an element of this transition.

According to Stefano Fedeli, Business Development and Marketing Manager at General Gas in Italy, “the heat pump trend is gaining traction in many EU countries because it is clear that they will help to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and decrease energy expenditure.” This statement is substantiated by the fact that in the year 2020 alone, roughly 14 million heat pumps were installed across the EU.

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