About the GSHPA
The GSHPA is the voice for the lowest running cost, lowest carbon, heating and cooling system for domestic and commercial buildings and heat sharing networks. Heat pump technology is not based on combustion and issues no noxious gases of any sort on site.
As a trade association the GSHPA brings together over 120 members and interested parties from across the ground source industry to develop a strong, dynamic and sustainable environment for heating and cooling systems that are based on heat capture, heat storage and heat transfer, including heat sharing networks and demand side management.
At the GSHPA, we advocate the value of a combustion-free approach to meeting heating and cooling needs. Consumers have varied needs from reliable heating and hot water to efficient cooling in urban and rural areas.
Our vision is for a heating and cooling system that is dictated by the consumers' needs rather than one that dictates to them. To realise this vision, we focus on technologies and services that have not reached their potential under the current, centralised approach.
Ground source energy at all scales and with a combustion-free approach reduces users' bills, carbon emissions and emissions of all noxious gases.
District heating, the supply of heat to homes and businesses through a network of heat sharing pipes, can reduce heating bills in urban areas, and give communities more control over their heating and cooling needs and the timing of the supply of those needs.
Energy services, such as a temporary reduction or increase in electricity demand ("demand side response"), can allow consumers to participate in the electricity system while reducing the need for new energy infrastructure by better resource management.
There is now a silver bullet which can deliver an affordable, secure and low carbon heating and cooling system. By thinking about consumers first, we can use a range of options to find the right solutions for the right people in the right place at the right time.
John Findlay, Chairman of the GSHPA
Aims of the GSHPA
We act as an advocate for our members by engaging with Government and key decision makers to support cost effective and efficient solutions to industry, businesses and householders by:
- developing a policy which puts the energy user's needs first
- delivering a local, low carbon heating system at lowest cost
- ensuring an understanding of heating and cooling, which makes up half of our energy use
- taking an integrated and 'internet of heat' approach
- helping users manage energy demand to limit the need for new generation capacity
- strengthening the ground source energy industry's reputation through GSHPA Standards and best practice
Key messages for 2017
The UK is at a pivotal time of transition to a low carbon, low cost and secure energy system. We advocate:
- that energy waste costs taxpayers and consumers money. We must allow measures that help to recycle heat from those who reject heat for cooling to those who need heat for heating
- putting users first, to ensure that the solution offered actually meets the needs of the end user
- taking an integrated, local and combustion free approach, so that the most cost effective lowest cost and lowest carbon solution is achieved
- for industry to take an active approach to protect consumers and reduce air pollution in cities, by working closely with other stakeholders.
Activity and focus
The work of the GSHPA sits within four areas:
- Advocacy: being at the forefront of influencing energy, planning, procurement and health policy.
- Thought leadership: communicating compelling policy ideas and market research through reports, briefings, events and training.
- Promoting best practice and collaboration: working with our members and a wide range of relevant stakeholders to help drive improvement and innovation across the sector.
- Enhancing the reputation of the sector: building understanding and capacity through our policy and market development activities.
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