Listen to the Plenary speeches from the 13th IEA Heat Pump Conference – recordings available!

The 13th IEA Heat Pump Conference – Mission for the Green World (HPC2020) took place on April 26-29, 2021. More than 370 participants from 26 countries attended the conference, listened to meaningful presentations, and had fruitful discussions with experts from around the world on scientific, technological, policy, and market-related issues for heat pumping technologies. Recordings from the opening ceremony and the plenary speeches are now freely available to watch here >

The opening ceremony of the 13th IEA Heat Pump Conference was officially held on April 27, including a welcoming address made by Stephan Renz, Chair of IEA HPT TCP, who gave an overview of the TCP.

Plenary Speakers

Six influential plenary speakers presented their views of the role of heat pumping technologies in the energy system and the vision of the heat pump industry. The introduction of global heat pump markets and policies made by the first three speakers was followed by three speakers providing excellent summaries on key heat pump system technologies.

Mechtild Worsdorfer, IEA Director for Sustainability, Technology, and Outlooks provided the opening plenary speech “Heat Pumping Technologies in Clean Energy Transitions”. She spoke of the potential heat pumps have in reducing the carbon footprint. For the Paris Agreement, a 3-pillar action plan consisting of greater deployment rates across all applications, the integration of heat pumps with power systems, and enhancing heat pump technologies were emphasized.


Martin Forsén, President of EHPA (European Heat Pump Association) presented the efforts of the European Commission to reach climate neutrality by 2050 in his presentation “The European Legal Framework is Well Set for a Massive Roll-out of Heat Pumps – but More Efforts are Needed”. In his speech, he emphasized how the energy system integration strategy with electrification based on heat pumps will double the share of heating produced by heat pumps by 2030, reaching 50-70% by 2050.


Min Soo Kim, President of SAREK (Society of Air-conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers of Korea) and NOC Chair, presented “Korean policy for green world and heat pumping technologies”. He introduced the New Deal strategy of the Korean Government which will invest KRW 73.4 trillion for transitioning to a low-carbon, green economy.


Saikee Oh, Vice President of LG Electronics, provided excellent summaries on recent air-source heat pump technologies. He also presented some fundamental bottlenecks as well as the cutting-edge heat pump technology that will overcome them.



Xudong Wang, Vice President of AHRI (Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) presented the transition to flammable low GWP refrigerants. The presentation covered the current status of developing relevant codes and standards in the US. It was clear after the speech that more research and efforts are needed to enable a safe transition to low GWP refrigerants in the future.


Noboru Kagawa, Professor of the National Defense Academy in Japan, presented experiences caused by health problems and how the pandemic has changed the design of HVAC systems in the presentation “Clean and Safe Air by HVAC Systems – Laws and Advanced Technologies in Japan”. The presentation showed that accumulated knowledge can improve HVAC technologies. An overview of related laws and new technologies in Japan was given.



The recordings of the plenary speeches are freely available to watch here >

Proceedings from the 13th IEA Heat Pump Conference – Full papers, can be ordered from our publication database here >


Next IEA Heat Pump Conference

The 14th International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Conference – HPC2023 will take place in Chicago, US on May 15-18, 2023. The theme for the conference will be “Heat Pumps – Resilient and Efficient” and it will include workshops, oral and poster, presentations, technical exhibits, a banquet, technical tours, and an evening social event option as well as a spouse/guest program.

Read more here >