14 March 2000
The IEA Heat Pump Programme is one of the first Implementing Agreements that were established within the framework of the IEA. Fifteen member countries are collaborating in the Programme with the common goal to advance heat pump, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies and stimulate their proper deployment. The Programme covers a wide range of activities and application fields for heat pump, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies. Twenty-three Annexes have been completed, three are ongoing and new Annex proposals are being considered. The Programme provides an excellent framework for collaboration in the field of thermodynamic heating and cooling technologies and their deployment, with participation from industry and the energy sector. A major drive for the Programme is the international concern for the environment.
World-wide the interest in comfort cooling, heating and efficient refrigeration is growing. The Programme is responding by initiating and conducting relevant work in these areas with the aim to minimise the impact on the environment.
Mexico is the newest member of the Programme. The country has a climate that requires both cooling and heating in houses and buildings. In process industry, there is a growing need for energy efficient heating and cooling technologies and heat pumps are considered a potential option that can help to reduce global warming.
The purpose of the workshop was to present and discuss both the completed on ongoing work under the IEA Heat Pump Programme, and the heat pump activities in Mexico. The workshop provided an opportunity for developing ideas for future collaborative work and for clarifying how Mexico and other countries could benefit from the Programme.