The 14th International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Conference, held in Chicago under the theme “Heat Pumps – Resilient and Efficient,” concluded on a high note with a resounding call for accelerated action in combating climate change and securing energy supply. The conference, which spanned five days and brought together about 400 attendees from 25 countries, served as a crucial platform for discussing the latest advancements in heat pumping technologies and fostering collaboration among policymakers, innovators, investors, academia, and researchers.
Heat pumps, identified by the IEA as the key heating solution to help meet climate targets, took center stage at the conference. Participants engaged in insightful workshops attended a wide range of presentations by researchers from around the world, and actively participated in poster sessions, fostering the exchange of valuable knowledge on market trends, policies, and standards related to heat pump technologies.
As the conference drew to a close, the Chairman of the Technology Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies (HPT TCP) Stephan Renz took the stage once again, this time to formally conclude the event. He announced the location of the next conference in 2026. The 15th IEA Heat Pump Conference will be held in Vienna, Austria, further highlighting Europe’s commitment to advancing sustainable heating and cooling solutions. The conference will take place in Hofburg Vienna, historical building in the center of Vienna, 26-29 May, 2026. The Chair of the next National Organizing Committee (NOC) will be Thomas Fleckl, who served as the Chair of the International Organizing Committee (IOC) for this Conference.
In his closing remarks Stephan Renz thanked all the persons involved in the organization of the conference and especially the ones of the Scientific Committee, the Chair of the NOC Brian Fricke (US), the Chairs of the IOC – Thomas Fleckl (Austria), Sophie Hosatte (Canada), Minsung Kim (South Korea), the Regional Coordinators – Yunho Hwang (US) for Americas, Takahiro Asahi (Japan) for Asia and Caroline Haglund Stignor (Sweden) for Europe. As one on the managers for the Heat Pump Centre, Caroline had provided additional support to the conference organization.
The successful conclusion of the 14th IEA Heat Pump Conference in Chicago signifies the growing momentum and global consensus around the urgent need for resilient and efficient heat pumping technologies. With attendees spanning the realms of policymaking, research, innovation, and investment, the conference has further solidified heat pumps’ position as a pivotal technology in transforming our energy systems and driving the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon future.
The conference has underscored the importance of swift and decisive action as the world grapples with the escalating climate crisis. With the 14th IEA Heat Pump Conference setting the stage for collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange, stakeholders are now better equipped to implement sustainable solutions and bridge the gap between ambitious targets and effective action.