Gas imports could be halved in ten years if UK matched Finland on heat pumps

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Installing as many heat pumps as sold in Finland could lower the UK’s gas imports by half (49%) by 2032, new analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has found.

Scandinavian countries like Finland and Norway, which have some of the coldest winter temperatures in Europe, exceed the UK’s sales by 40 and 33 times respectively, as the UK sold just 88 heat pumps per 100,000 people in 2022, to a total of 60,000. Installing heat pumps at the same rate as Finland, at 3,537 heat pump sales per 100,000 people, out to 2032 could also lower the UK’s total demand by a third (32%). [1]

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