European Technology and Innovation Platform

Renewable heating and cooling (RHC) technologies can significantly contribute to the decrease of fossil fuel imports into the European Union, improve energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions. They will be vital to decarbonise the heat sector, which represents roughly half of the final energy demand in the EU. To implement the EU 2020 targets as well as the 2030 climate and energy framework currently under discussion in a cost-efficient way, we must tap their full potential. This will require, however, the development of reliable, efficient and affordable technology.


What is the annual event of the RHC platform?

A joint consultation and policy-event. The morning session will be the presentation of the RHC-Platform Common Technology Roadmap to a wide range of stakeholders.In the afternoon, industry and decision-makers will discuss the role of RHC in the transformation of the energy system with a particular focus on the implementation of the current legislation and the Commission’s proposal for a 2030 climate and energy framework.



09.15 - 09.45



Session 1: Innovation, Technology Development, and Market Uptake

09:45 - 10:00

Opening session


Introduction to the day and purpose of the event


Welcome to the Representation



Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, President of the RHC-Platform / Fraunhofer ISE


Johannes Jung, Head of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union

10:00 – 10:20

Keynote speech - Technological Innovation in Renewable Heating and Cooling

Paul Verhoef, Head of Unit for Renewable energy sources,  DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

10:20 - 10:40

Presentation of the Draft Common Implementation Roadmap on Renewable Heating and Cooling Technologies.


Javier Urchueguía,

Lead Author of the common roadmap/ Universidad Politécnica de Valencia/ Geoplat/ Energesis Group

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:30

Workshop / Panel discussion on the Common Roadmap




Chair: Javier Urchueguía


Input Presentations from 4 panel experts:

Walter Haslinger, Bioenegy 2020+/RHC Biomass Panel

Inga Berre, Christian Michelsen Research/RHC Geothermal Panel

Werner Weiss AEE Intec/ RHC Solar Thermal Panel

Simon Pezzutto, EURAC Research

 Panel Discussion:

Luc Bourdeau, Secretary General, E2BA

Ruggero Bertani, ENEL Green Power

Rinske van Heiningen Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break


Session 2: 2030 reasons to Integrate Renewable Heating and Cooling


Opening of session 2

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, President of the RHC-Platform


2030 climate and energy framework and the need to reduce energy dependency: the implications for renewable heating and cooling

Niels Anger, Policy Officer , DG Energy, European Commission


The work of the Council on the 2030 climate and energy framework


Theodoros Christopoulos, Energy attaché, Greek Permanent Representation to the EU

14:45 – 15:05

The implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive

Kristine Kozlova, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission


Strengthening EU actions on Renewables for heating and cooling: Why and What?

Fanny- Pomme Langue, Policy Director, AEBIOM


Coffee Break



Panel debate: EU action on (RES) Heating and Cooling – possibility to present up to 3 slides or to make a 3-minute statement


Moderator: Fiona Harvey, Environment Journalist, Guardian


Kristine Kozlova, Policy Officer, EC

Burkhard Sanner, President, EGEC

Paul Voss, Managing Director,  EuroHeat and Power

Rainer Ortmann, Vice President Goverment and external affairs Bosch Thermotechnik 

Nigel Cotton ESTIF Board of Directors


Closing remarks

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, President of the RHC-Platform






The event was held at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union on the 22nd May, 9:30-17:30, followed by a cocktail reception until 19:00.

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