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“Skeptical plumber also collapses for the heat pump”

When he had a plumber at home, Uko Reinders, editor-in-chief of trade journal Heat Pumps, couldn’t resist asking him how he thought about heat pumps. “In a nutshell: he was not enthusiastic,” said Reinders. But if the predictions come true, this plumber will no longer be able to ignore the heat pump, he says in this column.

“Global warming was also discussed during the coffee break. The man also had a strong opinion about this. In summary, it came down to nothing. The harmful influence of CO₂ emissions is a myth, he says.

Although I have a different opinion on heat pumps as well as global warming, I decided not to enter into a discussion. On the one hand out of self-interest: I didn’t want to stretch the coffee breaks too much. On the other hand, because I didn’t feel like a well-being game; I heard a number of debatable statements. And about global warming I cannot have any substantive discussion anyway. I base my opinion on what more than 90 percent of climate scientists think.

That plumber is not the only climate skeptic. This became apparent during the Dutch Heat Pump Congress from the presentation by Andy van den Dobbelsteen. The professor of climate design and sustainability notes that there is much skepticism about the need to prevent global warming. And that apparently science is being listened to less than before. That is why it seemed necessary to him during the congress with graphs to show that there is indeed unnatural warming. You can read about this in the conference report that we published earlier.
Another speaker at the conference was Meindert Smallenbroek, director of heat and substrate at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. He discussed the implementation of the Climate Agreement. An important role is attributed to housing associations. If they energetically make their houses more sustainable, this will lead to a large market for products such as heat pumps and underfloor heating. This ensures that the prices thereof go down, which is necessary to make the transition affordable for homeowners too.

Smallenbroek’s reasoning sounds almost too good to be true. I assume that he, as an economist, has thought through everything well. The economic affairs officer also addressed the need for sufficient heat pump specialists. To train them, a Green Deal has been concluded to retrain installers. The plumber who came to see me won’t do that. But that can change. If the predictions come true, he will no longer be able to ignore the heat pump. “

Uko Reinders, editor-in-chief of trade journal Heat Pumps

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