Boosting heat pump deployment through alternative models and skilled installers


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

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Boosting heat pump deployment through alternative models and skilled installers


Τhe aim of this topic is to complement existing legislative and financial incentives at the EU, national and local levels and to facilitate a large-scale rollout of high-quality heat pump installations. In particular, the topic aims to reduce upfront costs and perceived complexity of design and installation as well as to increase the number of skilled installers and the confidence of end-users.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should address one of the two scopes below. The scope addressed should be clearly specified in the proposal’s introduction.

Scope A: Alternative business and delivery models
Proposals should stimulate large-scale demand for heat pumps in existing buildings, while significantly reducing or spreading over several years investment costs and ensuring high-quality of the installations.

To that end, the proposed actions should tackle specific market barriers and develop, demonstrate, upscale and/or replicate alternative business and/or heat delivery models. These may include, but are not limited to, any of the following: a) heat as a service; b) Pay-for-Performance (P4P) and c) joint procurement actions. In doing so, proposals should ensure the high quality of installations and that selected buildings are suitable and ready (e.g. in terms of thermal insulation, radiator systems) for heat pump installation prior to any installation and that building heating needs and heat pump size are properly evaluated.

The focus of the proposed actions should be at least on space heating; however, this does not preclude considering reversible heat pumps in addition. Actions may address any type of buildings, although multi‐apartment and commercial buildings are especially encouraged. Synergies of heat pumps with PV installations and/or hybrid renewable heating and cooling systems could also be promoted.

Heat pumps should be designed and installed by professionals with relevant qualifications and skills. All relevant stakeholders necessary for the successful implementation of the action should be involved; if not directly involved, their support should be demonstrated in the proposal.

Scope B: Addressing the shortage of skilled installers and professionals for heat pumps

Proposals should aim to significantly increase the number of skilled heat pump installers and other relevant professionals, thereby reducing the growing gaps in certain markets. To that end, proposals shall undertake one or more of the following:

  • Identify and map profiles and set up actions (e.g. partnerships) to attract and reskill professionals from other sectors with skills transferable to the heat pump value chain.
  • Identify and quantify skills and workforce gaps at the local/regional/national level and/or build on existing solid gap analyses and set up actions (e.g. new or upgraded training/qualification schemes) incentivising/facilitating the upskilling of the workforce, especially installers; strengthen skills for professionals to integrate heat pumps as part of building renovation projects and skills for integrated solutions (e.g. heat pumps and PV together, hybrid heating systems combining several technologies and fuels, e.g. hybrid heat pumps, solar thermal with heat pumps, integrated thermal and electric storage solutions, digital control systems etc.).
  • Support cooperation between trades and/or among national associations and other relevant stakeholders to develop, test, and disseminate widely agreed EU-wide competencies, content guidelines for specialised training programmes, and core training material replicable and adaptable to local contexts.
  • Support the set-up of state-of-the-art training facilities for heat pump installers (excluding infrastructure costs).

Call Total Budget

€6 500 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Expected maximum EU contribution: Scope A: €1 750 000, Scope Β: €1 500 000

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Industry

Eligibility for Participation

  • Consumer Organisations
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • Private Bodies
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962

EU Contact Point

European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency