Our vision

Vision, mission and objectives


The Heat Pumping Technologies collaboration programme is the foremost worldwide source of independent information and expertise on environmental and energy conservation benefits of heat pumping technologies (including refrigeration and air conditioning).

The programme conducts high value international collaborative activities to improve energy efficiency and minimize adverse environmental impact. The strategy plan for the programme can be read here.


The programme strives to achieve widespread deployment of appropriate high quality heat pumping technologies to obtain energy conservation and environmental benefits from these technologies. It serves policy makers, national and international energy and environmental agencies, utilities, manufacturers, designers and researchers.

Objectives and strategies

Energy and Environment


  • To quantify and publicize the energy saving potential and environmental benefits (local and global) of heat pumping technologies.


  • To achieve increased emphasis on heat pumping technologies in national and international political agendas.
  • To align programme activities with environmental and energy priorities, such as the Kyoto Protocol.

Market and Deployment


  • To develop and deliver information to support deployment of appropriate heat pumping technologies.


  • To provide information in a form usable by stakeholders.



  • To promote and foster international collaboration to develop knowledge, systems and practices in heat pumping technologies through RDD&D (research, development, demonstration and deployment).


  • To capitalize on the strengths of the programme so as to
  • Develop information support for the energy and environmental strategy.
  • Resolve apparent market barriers.
  • Promote international collaboration on emerging technical issues.

Information Management


  • To provide effective flow of information to, from and between stakeholders and other relevant entities.


  • To develop and implement an information and communication plan that supports the programme strategies.

Visibility and Status


  • To improve significantly the visibility and status of the programme, and to be an outstanding Implementing Agreement within the IEA.


  • To increase the membership of the programme.
  • To respond to the needs of our stakeholders.
  • To increase the benefits for our members.


In order to accomplish these objectives the Heat Pumping Technologies collaboration programme executes a broad range of activities. These include an information service (the Heat Pump Centre), collaborative international projects (so-called annexes), workshops, analysis studies and a triennial international conference.