Focus on the RHC-ETIP Annual Conference in Turin

The RHC-ETIP Annual Conference, titled "Towards 100% Renewable Energy-Based Heating and Cooling in Europe: A Secure Energy Supply in Times of Crisis," was held on May 25th, 2023, in Turin (Italy). The event brought together ETIP members along with newcomers interested in joining the renewable heating and cooling journey. The conference successfully adopted a hybrid format, attracting participants both in-person and online from Italy, the European Union, and beyond Europe.

The conference commenced with a political session featuring a keynote speech by Johan Carlsson from JRC PETTEN. He provided an overview of the new EU policies related to heating and cooling, as well as shared important findings from JRC reports and reviews on various centralized and decentralized renewable heating and cooling technologies. These publications can be accessed at the JRC Publications Repository (

Following the political session, Session 2 of the conference delved into the technological developments in the heating and cooling sector. During this session, representatives from the RHC Technology Panels showcased the latest advancements and new technologies in the fields of Solar Thermal, Biomass, Geothermal, Heat Pump, and District Heating & Cooling & Thermal Storage.

Session 3 provided valuable insights into the Horizontal Working Groups (HWGs) of the technology panels. The audience was updated on the progress of the Cities, Districts, Buildings, Industries, and Social Science and Humanities HWGs. Notably, the Social Sciences and Humanities Horizontal Working Group made its first appearance following its launch in April.

Capitalizing on the conference's host country, a special Italian roundtable was organized in conjunction with the annual meeting in the afternoon. Distinguished speakers from diverse backgrounds contributed their unique perspectives and insights on the current state of renewable heating and cooling in Italy and Southern Europe. The interactive roundtable provided a platform for fruitful discussions and exchange of ideas.

In conclusion, the recent conference served as a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration within the heating and cooling sector. After last years' online format, it was a refreshing experience to have the opportunity to gather in person and engage in fruitful live discussions. The conference provided a valuable opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, forge new connections, and strengthen professional networks. Participants were able to explore the latest advancements and perspectives in renewable heating and cooling, leaving inspired and equipped with fresh insights to drive sustainable practices.

For those who couldn't attend or wish to revisit the sessions, presentations (part 1, part 2 and part 3) and recordings are available online, ensuring that the valuable content and discussions can be accessed by a wider audience and serve as a reference for future endeavors.