Innovation activities relating to efficiency gains in buildings, such as heat pumps, district heating and cooling and energy storage

Cities (Cities TCP)

The Cities Technology Collaboration Programme was established in 2021 as a new collaborative international cross-cutting initiative from the IEA family of technology programmes. It brings together relevant technical and non-technical research results from other buildings-related TCPs and aims to connect this knowledge with direct experiences from cities worldwide to support the decision-making process at the city level. The Cities TCP aims to provide a platform integrating and communicating relevant IEA knowledge and expertise. It offers a space to connect stakeholders at the national, regional and local level, thus creating a multi-disciplinary and multi-level approach to drive and accelerate net zero energy transitions.

District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power (DHC TCP)

The DHC TCP conducts research and development as well as policy analysis and international co-operation to increase the market penetration of district heating and cooling systems with low environmental impact.

Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E TCP)

The aims of the 4E TCP are to promote energy efficiency as the key to ensuring safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy systems. As an international platform for collaboration between governments, the 4E TCP provides policy guidance to its members and other governments concerning energy using equipment and systems. The 4E TCP prioritises technologies and applications with significant energy consumption and energy saving potential within the residential, commercial and industrial sectors (not including transport). To meet its aims, the 4E TCP harnesses the expertise of governments, industry, experts and other TCPs for joint research related to the development and deployment of energy efficient equipment.

Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC TCP)

The EBC TCP, created in 1977, carries out research and development efforts towards near-zero energy and carbon emissions in the built environment. Activities under the EBC TCP focus on the integration of energy-efficient and sustainable technologies into healthy buildings and communities.

Energy Storage (Energy Storage TCP)

The mission of the Energy Storage TCP is to facilitate research, development, implementation and integration of energy storage technologies to optimise the energy efficiency of all kinds of energy systems and enable the increasing use of renewable energy. Storage technologies are a central component in energy-efficient and sustainable energy systems. Energy storage is a cross-cutting issue that relies on expert knowledge of many disciplines. The Energy Storage TCP fosters widespread experience, synergies and cross-disciplinary co-ordination of working plans and research goals.

Heat Pumping Technologies (HPT TCP)

The HPT TCP functions as an international framework of co-operation and knowledge exchange for the different stakeholders in the field of heat pumping technologies used for heating, cooling, air-conditioning and refrigeration in buildings, industries, thermal grids and other applications. The mission of the HPT TCP is to accelerate the transformation to an efficient, renewable, clean and secure energy sector in its member countries and beyond through collaboration research, demonstration and data collection and through enabling innovations and deployment in the area of heat pumping technologies.