Project kickoff: EEC and A2EP researching the role of heat pumps in cutting emissions 20 July 2021

Both the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) and the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) have had a longstanding interest in the role of heat pumps in reducing emissions and delivering better outcomes for households and businesses right across the economy. Heat pumps are highly efficient, can be powered by renewable electricity and can support grid stability.

While there has been significant effort on research, development and deployment of heat pumps overseas, Australian policymakers have been hampered by significant knowledge gaps. In light of this, the EEC and A2EP have been commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) to undertake a comprehensive, cross-sectoral study on the role heat pumps can play in reducing emissions.

This work will cover:

  • The current state of play of the heat pump market in residential and commercial buildings, manufacturing and agriculture;
  • Opportunities for heat pumps to play an increased role in each of these sectors;
  • What increased uptake of heat pumps would mean in terms of emissions, productivity and cost; and
  • Policy and program options available to government, including the role of standards, workforce development, research and development, and incentives to drive deployment.

This project will take place over the next several months and will leverage the expertise of both the EEC and A2EP, and the deep knowledge of our members and broader networks.