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The energy transition is a pathway toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century. At its heart is the need to reduce energy-related CO2 emissions to limit climate change.

As investors, the public and finance providers become increasingly aware of the threat posed by climate change they are using their money to drive change; from consumer choices to green share price premiums and cost of borrowing. Regulators are also increasing pressure through both regulation and incentives. Finance, the life blood of business, is now inextricably linked to ESG (environmental social governance).

This pressure and accompanying risk flows down the supply chain; each tier demanding improved ESG from the tier below. Thus clients give preferential treatment to better performing suppliers. As a result, the revenue and sales numbers of almost all businesses are now also firmly wedded to ESG.

Business leaders face a triple whammy; finance impact, sales revenue and risk. Risk from physical effects of climate such as flooding, risk from changing regulations, risk of talent acquisition and risk from not transitioning to the new energy world. Many businesses are also taking a lead in their sector from a moral perspective, recognising the important role the enterprise has.


Power generation is being decarbonised by solar and wind but the transition in thermal energy particularly heat has barely started. Electrification of heat is the only scalable, viable solution that is ready to go right now and the most efficient electrical heat generators are heat pumps.

Heat is already 40% of our carbon and it is set to increase as we experience more volatile weather which leads to an increase in carbon emissions through increased use of heat and cooling.

Rowan Heat Pump 3


Combustion technology for heat is being left behind because it is far less efficient and offers far less flexibility. Heat pumps, being driven by electricity, can partake in the energy markets with dynamic pricing, can be linked to electric vehicles and on site generation and cooling / refrigeration. All scenarios predict a major role for heat pumps.

Heat pumps are also available now, at scale. They’re a proven technology, work using existing infrastructure, and they bring the additional benefits of lower air pollution and overall system efficiency. As such they will be a key element of future Smart Cities, whereas fossil fuels are not. Fossil fuel and combustion technology carry a risk of becoming a redundant asset, whereas heat pumps offer flexibility and continuity.

In short, heat pumps are the future.

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