Grant Shapps visits heat pump training centre

Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy Security & Net Zero, has visited Panasonic Heating & Cooling’s HQ and its heat pump training centre.

Panasonic offers support and training for installers looking to fit heat pumps – the company introduced its first heating and cooling product into Europe more than 60 years ago. The range has since grown extensively, with the latest additions to the portfolio: the Aquarea K and L Generation heat pumps.

The new K Generation are redesigned units which recently gained a ‘BEST 100 Design Award 2022’. The Aquarea ‘L’ Generation, available from spring 2023, is also based on the same new design, however using the natural refrigerant R290, which has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of only 3.

Grant Shapps said:

It was wonderful to meet the team at the Panasonic Heating and Cooling HQ in my constituency. It was so interesting to learn about and see first-hand their innovative work on high-quality heat pumps which will help reduce our carbon emissions and provide lower energy bills for all. I was also thrilled to learn about Panasonic’s new training and support scheme which launches this month. It encourages installers to train in low-carbon technologies and receive £500 upon completion of their training and their first installation of a low-carbon heat pump. I want to thank the team at Panasonic for making the time to see me and thank them for helping Britain decarbonise. I wish them all the best for the future.

Jose Alves, UK Country Manager for Panasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions, said:

It’s always encouraging to see local politicians and government ministers taking an active interest in the issues that matter to their constituents, and the recent visit by our MP and Secretary of State is a great example of this. The fact that our MP has taken the time to learn about the training we provide, our local employment and investment initiatives, and our commitment to carbon neutrality through the use of heat pumps is a testament to his dedication to these causes.

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