One of the five dimensions of the EC’s Energy Union strategy is dedicated to research, innovation and competitiveness. The most important programmes related to research and relevant to the heat-pump sector at EU level are the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and Horizon 2020. The former promotes research and innovation efforts across Europe by supporting the most impactful technologies in the EU’s transition to a low-carbon energy system. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme (nearly € 80 billions of funding available for the period 2014-2020) and its new Work Programme (2018-2020) aims to take forward the targets of the COP21 Paris Agreement and the Commission’s ambitions on energy and climate policies.
Research programmes have high importance for the R&I of the heat-pump sector, as they encourage commitments of private stakeholders and research organisations in delivering better technologies, provide recommendations for R&I funding priorities and policy measures and give the opportunity to the industry to deploy and adapts its technologies to different applications in different countries and climatic areas.