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Manufacturer unveils next-generation heat pumps at ISH 2023

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“We have set science-based climate targets for the Viessmann Group.” Image credit: Veissmann
“We have set science-based climate targets for the Viessmann Group.” Image credit: Veissmann

The Viessmann Group can report on a successful performance over the past fiscal year despite facing major challenges.

After achieving strong sales growth in 2021, the family business was able to continue its growth course hand-in-hand with its specialist installer partners. Total sales were up by 19% to a total of EUR 4 billion in 2022 (previous year: EUR 3.4 billion), setting a new record for the sixth time in a row. The number of members increased from 13 000 to 14 500.

These were the figures presented by Thomas Heim, CEO of the Group’s largest division, Viessmann Climate Solutions, at the world’s leading ISH trade fair in Frankfurt. Looking at the first two months of the current year, the CEO spoke of a promising start to a year that will be dominated by the implementation of the company’s strategic goals.

Thomas Heim, CEO of Viessmann Climate Solutions: “Our climate solutions support the achievement of the European climate targets, namely a reduction in CO2 emissions by at least 55% compared with 1990 between now and 2030. The number of heat pumps installed in the future will play a key role in this process. Given this important mission, we are proud to have continued to forge ahead with our transformation in 2022. Last but not least, the visit that the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made to our headquarters last year confirms that our strategic approach is the right one. The second pillar in the energy transition as it relates to buildings is digitalisation. Our unique Viessmann One Base platform is laying a foundation on which our products and systems can communicate seamlessly with each other and with our digital services.”

The largest division in the Viessmann Group made successful advances in its process of transformation to become the leading provider of integrated air-conditioning solutions in the fiscal year under review, further contributing to the purpose of the Group as a whole: “We create living spaces for generations to come.” The growth achieved by Climate Solutions was accelerated, in particular, by brisk demand for sustainable climate solutions based on renewable energy. These include heat pumps that use natural refrigerants, biomass, solar heat, photovoltaic systems, electricity storage systems, heat generators for green gases and liquid green fuel, ventilation solutions, district and local heating solutions and digital services.

Heating systems in existing buildings will have to run on something other than oil or natural gas in the near future. Why? Recent geopolitical events have made the accelerated adoption of renewable energy an inevitability. Policymakers want heat pumps to be key drivers of the energy transition in the building sector. Viessmann developed the innovative Vitocal 250-A and Vitocal 252-A heat pumps specifically for modernising older gas or oil heating systems. The business thus taken another huge step forward in line with its mission statement: “We create living spaces for generations to come.”

Alix Chambris, vice president Global Public Affairs and Sustainability: “The portfolio shift towards renewable solutions offers the chance of the century to make a contribution in the interests of our environment and energy security. We have already demonstrated our ability to sever the link between growth and emissions in the past, which makes us more resilient today in an environment of rising energy prices. After all, in the period from 2005 to 2020, we reduced our own (Scopes 1 and 2) emissions by 50% despite increasing our sales by 150% at the same time. Our collective responsibility as facilitators now lies in drastically accelerating the energy transition.”

Chambris continued: “This is why we have set science-based climate targets for the Viessmann Group. First, we plan to reduce our own emissions (scopes 1, 2) by a further 50% in absolute terms by 2030 compared with 2019. Our second climate target aims to reduce the economic emissions intensity of our supply chain and our products, including the use phase (Scope 3), by 55% within the same period. Our ‘LEAP to net-zero’ strategy empowers our global family and our partners to drive positive change together. This is also evident from the climate solutions that we will be presenting at the ISH.”

Together with Alix Chambris, CTO Dr. Markus Klausner and CSO Dr. Karsten Hoppe, CEO Thomas Heim unveiled the trade fair concept: “A family for positive change,” and around 60 new highly efficient climate solutions that will be presented to trade fair visitors for the first time at the ISH.

Supplied by PR and edited by Eamonn Ryan