From 2026, a hybrid heat pump will become the standard for heating homes, the cabinet announced on Tuesday. This means that people are obliged to install such a pump when their central heating boiler needs to be replaced. An electric heat pump or a connection to the heat network is also an option for homes that are not suitable.
With this measure, the government wants to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. “The urgency is great and the pace must be increased. It is also better for everyone’s wallet if we use less natural gas,” says Minister Hugo de Jonge (Wonen). “Together with installers and suppliers, the cabinet wants to make a change.”
Minister Rob Jetten (Climate) adds that more technicians will be trained in the coming years and that the production of heat pumps will be scaled up by 2026.
According to government figures, a heat pump saves 60 percent on natural gas consumption. In homes that are already well insulated, a fully electric heat pump is an even better alternative, as it does not use natural gas at all. In cities where heat networks are installed, it is also possible to connect to them.
To make the transition as smooth as possible, the government offers a subsidy for the purchase of a pump. It is 30 percent of the purchase price. The cabinet has earmarked 15 million euros per year for this up to and including 2030. In addition, financing is available through the National Heat Fund, with an interest rate of 0 percent for low and middle incomes.