About the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme
The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency. The Programme’s work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from Member countries and the European Union.
The benefits of this approach are:
The Programme is headed by an Executive Committee composed of one representative from each Member country and Sponsor organizations, while the management of the individual projects is the responsibility of project managers (Operating Agents) who are selected by the Executive Committee.
The Programme’s work is enhanced through collaboration with other IEA Programmes—Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme, Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, and SolarPACES Programme—and solar trade associations in Europe, North America, and Australia.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974 as an autonomous agency within the framework of the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to carry out a comprehensive program of energy cooperation among its 25 member countries and the Commission of the European Communities.
An important part of the Agency's program involves collaboration in the research, development and demonstration of new energy technologies to reduce excessive reliance on imported oil, increase long-term energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The IEA SHC's Research & Development activities are headed by the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) and supported by a small Secretariat staff, headquartered in Paris. In addition, three Working Parties are charged with monitoring the various collaborative energy agreements, identifying new areas for cooperation and advising the CERT on policy matters.
To continue to be the preeminent international collaborative programme in solar heating and cooling technologies and designs.
The Power of Collaboration
The collaborative work of the SHC Programme spans nearly three
decades. Over these years, the
To support its work, the SHC Programme also is collaborating with
other key players in the field, including the solar industry
associations of Australia, Europe and North America. Together they
are working to increase the awareness of national and international
government bodies and policy
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