5th European Heat Pump Forum: Heat pumps in the Mediterranean

By Sabine Lobnig, Apr 25, 2012, 16:03 2 minute reading

On 8 May, EHPA organises the 5th European Heat Pump Forum in Milano, Italy. The focus will be on the European Heat Pump Market with a special angle on implementation of EU legislation in one of the growing heat pump markets with heating and cooling requirements alike: Italy.

The recently published OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 emphasises the challenges we are facing to prevent further climate change and health threats as well as the impact caused by the ongoing use of fossil fuels. Based on a business-as-usual scenario, growing rate of economy and population based on continued strong reliance on fossil fuel are not boding well for our climate. A move towards renewable energy sources (RES) becomes therefore ever more urgent and the European Union has an ambitious programme to promote RES for heating and cooling.

Heat pumps can play a major role in achieving these goals, since it is a technology that is both active at the supply (energy efficiency) and demand (use of RES) side. However, heat pump technology could play a much more important role than provided in today’s action plans. It is still not enough recognized that ambient air, groundwater and soil are inexhaustible sources of renewable energy that heat pumps can use to both heat and cool buildings as well as provide sanitary hot water.

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) therefore organises a forum in Milano to raise awareness among decision makers on national and European level and discuss technological and regulatory challenges.

The 5th European Heat Pump Forum centres around 4 pillars:
  • Developments in the heat pump market, looking at how heat pumps will evolve in Europe up to 2030 and how they can contribute to the national targets for renewable energies, with a special focus on the case of Italy;
  • Implementing European legislation, analysing the Directive for energy-related products, the F-gas Regulation and the energy of buildings with focus on the Mediterranean perspective;
  • Conditions of efficient heat pump use, with presentations by Danfoss and the IEA, as well as a discussion about how to educate the workforce;
  • Technology developments, focusing on system design for large heating/cooling heat pumps, “smart” controllable heat pumps, the integration of heat pumps as renewable energy source as well as the use of thermally driven heat pumps for renovations;


The conference fee for EHPA members is 90 € + VAT, for non-EHPA members is 350 € + VAT. The first 20 students who register are invited to participate for free, above this at the EHPA membership rate (90 €). Policy makers and press attend for free but should still register.


By Sabine Lobnig

Apr 25, 2012, 16:03

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