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  • Berlin leads in heat pumps, and varying fossil fuel use

July 08 2024 09:31:06 UTC–Berlin is at the forefront of adopting environmentally friendly heating technologies among Germany’s major cities, with 4.3% of its heating systems being heat pumps, data from E.ON new Germany “heat map” shows.

This translates to four out of every hundred houses in a typical Berlin street being heated with this green technology. Following Berlin, Hamburg has a 2% share of heat pump usage, while Munich and Cologne are nearly tied at 1.9%.

Fossil Fuel Heating Systems

There are notable differences in the reliance on fossil fuel heating systems across these cities:

– Hamburg: Has the lowest share of gas heating systems at 36%.
– Berlin: Slightly higher at 37%.
– Munich: Gas heating systems account for 40.8%.
– Cologne: More than half of the households, 56.6%, still use gas.

The use of oil heating systems also varies:

– Munich: 16.3%.
– Berlin: 19.7%.
– Hamburg: 20.9%.
– Cologne: 22.7%.

Renovation and Energy Efficiency

Structural conditions and energy-efficient renovations play a significant role in reducing heat consumption. More than half of the buildings in Berlin, Cologne, and Hamburg have been partially or fully renovated:

– Berlin: 59.5% of buildings.
– Cologne: 54.9% of buildings.

This high rate of renovation provides a solid foundation for reducing energy consumption, which benefits end customers through lower heating costs and contributes to climate protection.

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