TCP news


Applications now open for the 6th Global District Energy Climate Awards

Launched in 2009, the Global District Energy Climate Awards, co-hosted by the DHC TCP, recognise systems that illustrate the overall importance of district energy (heating and cooling) in providing sustainable energy solutions. The 6th edition of the awards is now accepting nominations with a deadline of 15 June. The award ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 1st Sustainable District Energy Conference in Iceland on 23-25 October 2019. More... 

Now is the perfect time to become a member of the IEA DHC Technology Collaboration Programme

Now is the perfect time to become a member of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) on District Heating and Cooling (DHC). The TCP is currently collecting input from the member countries for its next three-year Annex research programme. Other interested countries who start the joining process now will also have the opportunity to shape the future of this next 3-year research programme - Annex XIII. Anyone interested in becoming a champion for DHC on behalf of her or his country is cordially invited to contact the IEA DHC TCP Operating Agent. The IEA DHC TCP is looking forward to hearing from you. 

Developing a methodological framework to guide occupant behaviour in buildings

The EBC TCP recently completed a project on occupant behaviour in buildings involving more than 100 researchers from 20 countries working collaboratively for over four years. The major product of this work is a scientific methodological framework to guide occupant behaviour simulation research on data collection, modelling and evaluation, modelling tools development and integration, application and interdisciplinary issues. The final report and a variety of other deliverables may be downloaded here

Affordable heating and cooling

The development of heat pumping technologies shows us a path towards decreased dependency on fossil fuels. But development often means increased costs, costs that the market is not necessarily willing to pay. In the latest issue of the HPT Magazine, from the HPT TCP, it is shown that these developed heat pumping technologies can be affordable, both in the short and the long term. Download here.

Policy guidelines for motor driven units

Policy Guidelines for Motor Driven Units Part 2, from the 4E TCP, proposes policy options for the international alignment of technical standards and minimum energy performance standards for pump, fan and compressor Motor Driven Units. The results are presented in two parts. Part 1, published in 2016, describes existing standards and regulations for these products. This latest report, Part 2, provides recommendations for advancing standards and regulations and their international alignment.  

Case study smart homes

A case study from the 4E TCP Electronic Devices and Networks examines the barriers faced by policy makers in improving the value proposition for smart homes. It examines solutions such as the development of methodologies and studies to quantify benefits, and provision of accessible information to consumers via labels or other mechanisms. Download here.  

What role do voluntary agreements play as a policy tool?

The 4E TCP has released a 2-page policy brief on Voluntary Agreements (VAs), a type of policy measure used by governments to stimulate the development and uptake of energy efficiency appliances and equipment. This policy brief is based on new research into 51 VAs in place since 2000, as well as the accumulated experience of the 4E TCP members. Download here.   

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