Experts at EDF have issued a dire warning, as the UK’s plan to boost heat pump rollout across the country could be scuppered by a critical shortage of trained installers. Over the past year, heat pumps have been tipped as a major solution to global fossil fuel energy crisis, that was triggered by Russia’s manipulation of the wholesale natural gas markets. Heat pumps, which run on elecrticity- potentially generated by renewables- decrease the UK’s reliance on gas imports. Given that the technology is far more efficient than a traditional gas boiler, heat pumps have also been hailed as a viable solution to slash energy bills.
EDF issues warning as UK’s heat pump plan threatened by critical engineer shortage
According to estimates, there are currently less than 4,000 qualified heat pump installers in the UK compared to more than 100,000 gas-safe engineers.