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It’s a tough question to answer, but there is definitely a push toward more efficient gas technology in France, suggesting the country is ready for a switch. In our latest research as part of the Gas Heating Service, we covered this interesting market to find out about the evolving role of gas heating appliances in France.
The French market currently has an important share of gas heating (more than 40% of the dwelling stock) but it has not been a straight path. With the nuclear power programme for example, 70% of new homes built in the ‘70s received electric heating. Nowadays, gas heating represents more than 50% of new build. It’s clear gas has an important role and, from our latest research, we are certain of its future in the French market.
It’s been a busy month for the Electrification of Heat Service. We have recently published our latest heat pump country reports focusing on France, Italy and Germany and have already had the chance to discuss some of the findings at our recent European Heat Summit.
The results of our recent research and the forecasts we’ve made suggest a tentatively positive outlook for the European heat pump market. We have seen growth in some segments of the heat pump market in these three countries, as displayed in the graph below. The arrows show the expected direction of growth over the next few years.
There are many angles to explore this question. But it’s hard to beat talking to customers. For our clients – energy suppliers, the heating and controls industry, and others seeking to enter the ‘energy’ part of the connected home – it’s critical to understand the answer this question so they can judge the appropriate level of investment and engagement in this emerging area. While sales volumes are growing quickly today, it’s from a small base so while the growth rates are impressive, the absolute numbers are modest for mass market businesses. So, we decided to explore customer attitudes to a variety of connected home ‘energy’ products and services across a number of European markets.
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