The Thermal Energy Opportunity
Energy used for heating and cooling comprises approximately 50 percent of total global final energy demand and 39 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. In the United States, heating and cooling account for more than 25 percent of total energy use across residential, commercial, and industrial sectors at a cost of $270 billion annually.
Despite its large energy and carbon footprint and its significant potential to reduce carbon emissions, the use of renewable energy for heating and cooling applications, including biomass, biogas, geothermal, landfill gas, renewable electrification, renewable hydrogen, and solar thermal, has received relatively little attention compared with renewable electricity.
What is the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC)?
The Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) serves as the leading coalition for organizations that are committed to scaling up renewable heating and cooling at their facilities and dramatically cutting carbon emissions. RTC members recognize the growing demand and necessity for renewable heating and cooling and the urgent need to meet this demand in a manner that delivers sustainable, cost-competitive options at scale.
As a coalition, the RTC offers value to members by providing “power in numbers.” The RTC is the only place to focus on renewable heating and cooling and where large thermal energy users come together collaboratively to understand the problems in the market, learn from each other, and overcome these barriers to renewable heating and cooling.
The Renewable Thermal Collaborative is facilitated by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, David Gardiner and Associates, and World Wildlife Fund and is an initiative of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
An Initiative of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
The RTC offers an implementation-focused platform operating under the umbrella of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) to advance the needs of manufacturers and state and local governments to tackle barriers to renewable thermal energy. REBA has become the central platform coordinating efforts to expand large buyers’ access to renewable energy options. REBA’s initiatives, to date, have focused exclusively on renewable electricity. Given that many organizations involved in REBA also have thermal needs, REBA is expanding its scope reach to involve more manufacturers and heavy industry.
Who We Are
The RTC members include manufacturers and state and local governments.
The RTC sponsors are renewable thermal suppliers, producers, and professional service firms that provide important institutional support for the RTC’s work to advance renewable thermal solutions for large customers.