European Technology and Innovation Platform


The 2nd Annual Conference of the RHC-Platform (5-6 May 2011), gathered in Budapest speakers from the biomass, geothermal and solar thermal sectors, as well as high level policy and decision makers, to plot the course toward widespread deployment of renewable heating and cooling technologies, and discuss the challenges for accomplishing this feat.

Participants in the RHC-Platform’s 2nd Annual Conference:

  • Listened to and met top-level speakers from both the public and private sector, including:

- Mr Péter Olajos, Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Development of Green Economy and Climate Policy
- Ms Marie Donnelly, Director of New and Renewable Sources of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, DG Energy, European Commission
- Mr Giovanni Colombo, Governing Board Member, European Institute of Technology

  • Participated in the definition of the future EU research priorities for renewable heating and cooling (FP7 and beyond)
  • Engaged in an effective dialogue with the leading EU companies and research centres in renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling
  • Heard the latest news about the European Initiative on Smart Cities
  • Were involved in finalising the Strategic Research Agendas for biomass, solar thermal and geothermal technologies
  • Discussed the impact of cross-cutting technologies such as district heating and cooling, thermal energy storage and heat pumps

The conference culminated in the presentation of a document of fundamental importance for the continued advancement of this sector, the Common Vision for the Renewable Heating and Cooling Sector in Europe (available here). This publication represents the joint effort of experts in this sector to plot a course to the ever increasing deployment of renewable heating and cooling in Europe. All participants in the conference received a complimentary copy of the Common Vision.