“Future partnership” between Zukunft Erdgas and the ZVSHK
Kassel. The industry initiative “Zukunft Erdgas” (The Future of Natural Gas) and the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) have signed a strategic partnership deal at the ISH – International Trade Fair for Bathrooms, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies – in Frankfurt: together the two associations aim to raise their efforts to promote and establish innovative natural gas technologies firmly on the market. The expert technicians, who provide competent advice in the contact with the customer, play an important role in achieving these goals.
Natural gas has been the preferred solution for building developers for a while now: in 2014 around half of all newly built apartments were installed with natural gas heating. This has enabled natural gas to maintain its leading position on the market in this sector. According to a study by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), district heating had a share of 21.1 percent, followed by heat pumps with 20.1 percent. Other systems were heating oil (0.7 percent), heating with electricity (0.6 percent) and other heating systems (7.6 percent, including wooden pellet heating systems). Last year the construction of 265,000 new apartments overall was approved.
A new study by Zukunft Erdgas confirms the choice of home builders: Natural gas condensing boilers plus solar power is currently the most affordable heating option for new buildings. It is followed by electric heat pumps, natural gas hybrid heating and gas heat pumps. Natural gas has excellent prospects on the heating market in future, too, not least because of the fantastic possibilities for combining it with renewable energies.
And this is important for our climate, too: after all, the heating market is crucial for the success of Germany’s energy transition: the heating market accounts for 40 percent, the largest share, of energy consumption in Germany and is thus responsible for about a third of CO2 emissions in Germany. Hence, thanks to new, efficient gas-based heating systems, significant reductions in CO2 emissions can be achieved.