The theme of the Conference is: ‘Rethink Energy, Act NOW!

There are rapidly changing realities and changing insights into the feasibility of future energy infrastructures ahead with Heat Pumps as key technical solution for many of these challenges.

Renewable heating and cooling is the sleeping giant for energy conservation and for renewable energy. Across the globe, it is estimated that thermal energy for heating and cooling is approximately 50% of total global final energy demand (across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors). Modern (high efficiency, low emission) renewables are estimated to serve only 10% of that thermal energy demand.

Addressing heating and cooling in the overall energy market will be necessary to achieve the needed energy transformation. Many analysts estimate that it will not be possible to achieve long-term climate, security and energy goals without increasing the use of renewable heating and cooling, hand in hand with large scale refurbishment of the energy infrastructure and deep renovation of existing buildings and industrial plants to achieve a fundamental lower energy demand. Heat Pumping Technology in all its aspects is one of the already available key technologies in this approach.

What can awaken this sleeping giant?
What can policy makers do to accelerate market growth?

The message goes beyond the traditional topics like energy efficiency, renewables and environment. The rethinking or paradigm change is that heat pumps are inevitable. The main solutions and choices have to be made not only on economics, but on the expectations on future energy situations where the energy infrastructure will become more and more independent from insecure suppliers.

This Conference will highlight that Heat Pumping Technologies is one of the key success factors available in this approach. Through discussions, presentations, networking and information exchange we will cover issues that needs to be dealt with in the light of environmental benefits and energy conservation.