Scope and objective

Thematic areas

JPP SES and ERA-NET GEOTHERMICA join forces to accelerate the heating and cooling transition, enabling 100% climate-neutral heating and/or cooling by 2050.[1]. This requires innovation and demonstration for heating and cooling or one of the chosen technologies and their integration into the regional and local energy system. This is urgent, and typical solutions should be ready for large-scale implementation in 2030 or earlier because the transition needs to accelerate now in many countries and regions.


The GEOTHERMICA and JPP SES Joint Call "Accelerating the heating and/or cooling transition" targets projects with a significant impact on the heating and/or cooling transition. The concept of the Joint Call combines integration issues and technology development. Figure 1 illustrates this.Scope-of-Joint-Call

Model of the thematic concept features in Joint Call 2021

Model schematically shows the scope of the Joint Call. The horizontal bars indicate essential 'areas of interest' to adopt innovations in society. The vertical bars indicate the technological scope. Some of the horizontal bars are in bold because they form the core of this transnational collaboration. The arrow in the figure symbolises the forward and future-oriented approach that builds on these various aspects. 

 Projects can address any topics within the scope of the above model. However, the funding organisations and the funding programmes participating in the Call will have limitations regarding eligible issues and/or cost. 

Please refer to Call Text and Guidelines Annex 1 for the details per country and funding programme link.


The focus should be on thermal energy systems, and technologies should preferentially be suitable for retrofit, overall contributing to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Climate-neutral resources for heating and/or cooling, including subsurface (shallow and deep geothermal, solar thermal, and other renewable heating and cooling) and utilisation of local and regional excess resources.
  • A resource-efficient and sustainable distribution, storage and utilisation of heating and/or cooling. This includes short time and seasonal thermal storage options and innovations for heating and cooling networks and conversion technologies such as heat pumps to distribute the heating and cooling and adjust the temperature level where needed.
  • Integration of Heating and/or cooling in the local and regional energy systems, including aspects of sector coupling, smart integration and control tools which shall leverage synergies and utilise flexibilities in locally and regionally available energy sources, urban planning on the local and regional infrastructures as well as the user and consumer structures from different sectors (including, e.g. communities, industrial facilities or the transportation system) and related consumption patterns.

Participating funding organisations will clarify the national/regional funding possibilities in detail in Annex 1 Specific Funding Agencies' Rules and Eligible Scope of this Call Text. A national or regional focus on specific issues is subtle and creates opportunities for complementarity and joint progress.

For more details on the objective, please check chapter 4 of the Call Text and Guidelines for Applicants.