Bioenergy Europe's role: RHC Platform Project Partner & Member of the Secretariat

In short

The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform) brings together stakeholders from the biomass, geothermal and solar thermal sector- including the related industries- to define a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling.

The RHC-Platform acts as a catalyst for establishing effective public-private partnerships and provides a qualified interface between the EU and Member States for coherent research policy development and consistent programme planning and implementation. It will also help to develop awareness of the role of renewable energy technologies in Europe’s low carbon energy mix and foster co-operation, both within the EU and at global scale.


  • Defining the overall common vision for the short-, medium- and long-term evolution of renewable energy systems for heating and cooling in Europe. This crucial document presents the expected market penetration and technological evolution by 2020 and beyond.
  • Setting up the shared Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) which analyses both technological research and strategic priorities to maintain Europe’s scientific and industrial leadership in the renewable heating and cooling sector.
  • Establish and implement a roadmap for the large scale development and deployment of renewable heating and cooling systems, including as well actions to harmonise Europe’s training and education, whilst renewing its research infrastructures.

Target group: Policy makers, in particular the ones making decisions on research priorities

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Project Leader Interview: HERE

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