Topic Brief

The Industrial Heat Pump Opportunity Goes Beyond Energy Savings

June 18, 2024

Industrial heat pumps (IHPs) have well known energy and decarbonization benefits. Less well known are their co-benefits, including more precise heat control, modularity, reduced operational and insurance costs, and improved workplace health and safety. In addition to net energy cost savings, IHP co-benefits can translate to additional savings as high as 20 to 30 percent of facility-level energy costs.  

IHPs also benefit neighboring communities and the general economy with improved air quality, reduced environmental risks, and opportunities for workforce and economic development. 

All these co-benefits should be quantified to better evaluate the costs and benefits of IHPs. This topic brief summarizes the co-benefits of IHPs, the groups to which the benefits accrue, and pathways by which the industrial sector can overcome barriers to greater quantification of IHP co-benefits. 

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