In conversation with the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA)

REI speaks with Stephen Bilby, Operations Manager & Secretariat for the Ground Source Heat Pump Association, to understand what this important industry body brings to those working in the sector.

In conversation with the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA)

What is the purpose of your organisation?

We are the focal point of the heat pump installation industry in the UK. GSHPA is the voice for the lowest running cost, lowest carbon, heating and cooling system for domestic and commercial buildings and heat sharing networks. We champion heat pump technology that is not based on combustion and emits no gases of any sort on site.

Who is the membership of the organisation?

As a trade association the GSHPA brings together members and interested parties from across the heat pump installation 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.

How many members do you have?

Over 170 member companies with around 300 individuals we communicate with within the membership.

What are the objectives of your organisation?

The GSHPA aims to electrify heat. 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 publishing GSHP Standards and best practice

Why should our community join?

The GSHPA becomes a stronger voice for lobbying for the industry with each new member who joins.

We welcome everyone aiming for high standards who serves the ground source energy industry and wishes to prosper with it including consultants, suppliers, drillers, trainers as well as installers of ground source energy systems.

We welcome utility companies who supply the electricity that runs heat pumps – they have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to renewable energy by supporting the high installation standards that the GSHPA promotes.

We welcome local authorities who have an opportunity to demonstrate their desire to see new construction projects incorporating green energy technologies.

What are the current challenges facing your membership and the broader sector?

To maximise the potential of ground source heat pumps, collaboration is key.

Governments must invest in research and development to improve technology and streamline installation processes.

Industry stakeholders should work together to educate consumers on the benefits of ground source heat pumps and drive down costs through innovation and economies of scale.

What are your main current activities?

The main activities currently are:

  • To provide benefits to our members
  • To share best practice and develop and disseminate industry approved technical standards, training criteria and codes of practice
  • To promote the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and technical competence within the ground source energy industry
  • To represent the ground source heating and cooling industry, promoting sustainable use of heat pump technology and engaging with government and other bodies to influence relevant policymaking.

What would you most like to see changed to accelerate growth in low carbon technologies?

Ground source heat pumps represent a game-changing solution in the battle against climate change. Their efficiency, reliability, and environmentally friendly nature make them a clear choice for a greener future. It’s time for individuals, businesses, and governments to embrace this technology wholeheartedly, taking a giant leap toward a more sustainable and resilient world for generations to come.