Managing director of NIBE Energy Systems, Phil Hurley, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), replacing Graham Wright. Stepping into Phil Hurley’s former position as vice-chairman, a role held by Hurley since April 2019, is Max Halliwell of Mitsubishi Electric.
With 2021 set to be a turning point for tackling climate change, the appointment comes at a critical time for a heating industry, which is responsible for a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Heat pumps are a key solution to tackling this and the HPA has voiced their commitment to promoting the benefits and wide scale deployment of heat pumps as a low carbon solution. This further supports NIBE’s vision to help shape and grow the heat pump market by supporting installers through providing training opportunities and creating a supportive policy framework.
Commenting on his appointment, Phil Hurley said: “With the Government’s announcement of its Green Industrial Revolution, the heat pump industry now finds itself on the crest of a wave. I would like to thank Graham for his tireless work and leadership which has brought significant results. I look forward to building on Graham’s achievements and ensuring the heat pump industry is ready to step up and deliver on its promises.”
During his tenure, Graham Wright oversaw some major breakthroughs for the heat pump industry and steered the HPA into a strong position in helping to push the UK towards a carbon neutral future. Graham said: “It has been a real honour and a privilege to chair such a forward thinking and hard working group. I am proud to see heat pumps at the forefront of government strategy in the decarbonisation of heat.”