Climate change is a challenge for global society as a whole. That is why the Vaillant Group has entered into a partnership with the environmental protection organisation WWF to support the achievement of climate protection targets. A successful heating transition – the switch to climate-friendly heating and cooling of buildings with heat pumps – forms an important pillar of the partnership. After all, more than a third of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated in the buildings sector, and modern and efficient heating technology offers significant CO2 savings potential.
To be successful, the heating transition requires teamwork: as an international leader in environmentally friendly technologies for heating, cooling and hot-water generation, the Vaillant Group wants to work together with WWF’s nature conservation experts to help increase the number of heat pumps in Germany. At the same time, the partnership is intended to increase awareness throughout Europe of heat pumps as a particularly environmentally friendly and energy-saving heating technology. In this way, the Vaillant Group and WWF are contributing to the achievement of the European climate targets.
In addition, WWF and Vaillant are further developing the heating technology specialist’s sustainability strategy.
As of April 2023, Vaillant will support WWF nature conservation projects for biodiversity and species diversity in rivers.
Raising awareness: Together, the Vaillant Group and WWF are putting the topic of the heating transition more firmly on the public agenda and providing information, facts and solutions relating to heat pumps, which contribute to reducing CO2 in buildings. The aim of the information campaign is to provide clarity about the use of heat pumps, discuss their potential and their limits, and to clear up misinformation.
Setting new targets: With the support of WWF, the Vaillant Group wants to further develop its sustainability programme SEEDS (“Sustainability in Environment, Employees, Development & Solutions and Society”). Initially, the focus will be on further reducing greenhouse gases in the company’s business operations. A long-term strategy to conserve biodiversity and strengthen species conservation is also planned.
Protecting nature: As of April 2023, the Vaillant Group will support selected WWF environmental projects that promote nature conservation and biodiversity.
Fit for the future with the heating transition: by 2050, Europe wants to be the first continent to become climate-neutral. The European Union intends to reduce CO2 emissions by 55 per cent by 2030. The decarbonisation of the buildings sector, referred to as the heating transition, is a central component of European climate policy. After all, the buildings sector accounts for 40 per cent of the total energy consumption in the EU. A large part of this, 80 per cent, is required for heating and hot water.
More than half of the heating systems in the EU are outdated and emit large amounts of greenhouse gases. 36 per cent of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, about 1.22 billion metric tons every year, are generated in the buildings sector.
A successful transition from the currently fossil-dominated heat supply for buildings to a climate-neutral heat supply with electricity is therefore crucial if the climate targets are to be achieved, and that is the aim of the cooperation partners.