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The German heating industry is expecting a positive 2020. Uwe Glock, president of the German Heating Industry Association BDH, considers growth rates of up to 10 percent possible for heating systems that combine efficiency and renewable energy. The reason behind this is the increased funding rates in government incentive programs that were introduced at the beginning of 2020.
“We expect a clear plus this year especially for heat pumps, wood pellet systems and gas condensing boilers combined with solar thermal”, says Glock.
“The potential in the heating sector is huge. The new incentive program is a strong signal in favour of climate protection”, says Andreas Lücke, managing director at BDH. About 32 million tons of CO2 per year could be saved if the approximately 12 million obsolete heating systems were retrofitted. That corresponds to two thirds of the emission reduction goal of the heating sector for 2030. The remaining third could be saved by improving building envelopes. “To achieve this goal, the current retrofitting rate needs to almost double from around 580,000 at present to about 1 million systems per year”, calculates Glock.
In the past year however, the heating market grew only slightly by 2 percent. Almost 80 percent of the heating systems sold in 2019 were gas-based. Modern gas condensing boilers were by far the most in demand with 518,000 units sold – a 5 percent increase. The second most popular technology was heat pumps – as was already the case in 2018 – with 86,000 units sold, albeit with growth down to 2 percent (compared to 8 percent in 2018). The sales of oil-based heating systems declined by 17 percent. Demand for biomass boilers decreased slightly by 1 percent.
The heating sector sees itself as very well positioned in technological terms: “We can achieve the climate goals of the Federal Government with our highly efficient technologies”, explains Glock. Manufacturers have invested €695 million in R&D. Glock considers this to be evidence for strong innovation in a heating sector that is further developing its international leadership. Worldwide sales increased to €15.7 billion. The 105 companies represented by the BDH industry association employ about 76,800 people – 36,800 thereof in Germany.
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