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The German heating industry’s most important international markets – France, Italy, Spain and the UK – collapsed in the first half of 2020 in the wake of the corona pandemic, the German heating industry association BDH reports. Despite this, the industry achieved robust worldwide growth of at least 3.1 percent. “The initial big losses in southern Europe and the UK were partially offset by a race to catch up in the second half of 2020, at least in Italy, France and the UK, so that sales in these countries finished just slightly down on 2019”, says Uwe Glock, president of the BDH. “The fact that we’re in the black is thanks to strong growth in Germany of around 13 percent. The Polish heating market saw similarly strong growth in 2020.”
Glock describes the German government’s package of climate measures as a “total success” for climate protection in buildings: “The bestselling heating systems of 2020, namely heat pumps and wood-based systems, benefited from [the package] and had high growth rates due to the subsidies.” The BDH also highlights the high share of investments in condensing technology coupled with solar-thermal systems. The renaissance in solar-thermal can be tracked back to the launch of the “heating with renewable energy” funding program at the start of 2020, according to the association.
“The strong growth in Germany and the clear trend towards heat pumps and pellet heating in the country shows that there is an opportunity here for international companies with innovative, climate-friendly heating systems,”
says Bénédicte Winter, senior manager for energy efficiency at Germany Trade & Invest.Heating system sales in Germany by type