IEA Heat Pumping Technologies (HPT)

The IEA Heat Pump Technologies programme develops and disseminates objective and balanced information on heat pumps, refrigeration technologies and air conditioning with the aim of exploiting the environmentally relevant and energetic potential of these technologies. This programme includes joint research projects, workshops, conferences and an information service (IEA Heat Pump Centre).

Short Description

The strategic goals of the IEA program Heat Pump Technologies are:

  • To gain new knowledge, systems and practices for heat pump technologies through increased international cooperation in research, development, demonstration and market introduction
  • Quantify and publicise the environmental and energy efficiency benefits of heat pump technologies
  • To provide information to support the market introduction of heat pumps and which can be used by planners, energy suppliers and political decision-makers
  • Ensuring an efficient flow of information between the relevant stakeholders at national and international level
  • Improve the visibility and status of the program

The main areas of focus are in the following areas:

  • Affordable and competitive technologies for heating
  • More efficient cooling and air-conditioning, especially in warm and humid climates
  • Flexible, sustainable and clean system solutions (e.g. in urban areas) using combinations of heat pumping technologies with energy storage, smart grid, solar and wind energy, thermal networks, energy prosumers, etc.
  • Possibilities offered by the developments in the area of digitalisation and Internet of Things
  • New or special markets and applications, including automotive, industry and consumer products
  • New, alternative or natural refrigerants with lower global warming potential, high thermodynamic potential and low toxicity for both new and existing applications

In order to achieve these goals, the IEA Heat Pump Technologies programme carries out numerous activities. These include:

  • Joint research projects
  • A triennial International IEA Heat Pump Conference (Conference 2017 was held in Rotterdam. The next conference will take place on 11-14 May 2010 on Jeju Island in South Korea).
  • The IEA Heat Pump Centre (HPC) as an information platform for the IEA Heat Pump Technologies (HPT) programme.

Ongoing Tasks

Completed Tasks


Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA

Contact Address

Exco delegate

DI Dr. Thomas Fleckl
Austrian Institut of Technology GmbH
Tel.: +43 50550-6616

ExCo alternate

Mag. Sabine Mitter
Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Department for Energy and Environmental Technologies
Tel.: +43 (1) 71162-652915