In cooperation with Orgalim, the Eurovent Team regularly provides you with an in-depth overview on all European legislative developments of relevance for the HVACR sector. The Bulletin provides for a hands-on compendium allowing the industry to assess the status quo and expected future developments. In addition to recent sector specific issues, our Team has summarised some of the key takeaways within this article.
The JTC study on repairability of initially three consumer products; laptops, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines, is deemed enough to support continuation along these lines and would be complemented with investigations into durability, upgradability, recycling, and other aspects of the circular economy. In first instance, consumer products (for example smart phones) would be further investigated. However, with time these developments are likely to extend to other products. Industry should timely take note of the standards that are developed to deal with repairability.
Pre-charged equipment exported outside the European Union is included in the quota system set up by F-Gas Regulation 2014/517. A consequence is that the quota available in Europe is reduced by those exported. The Commissioner Cañete had reiterated in April that the exemption in article 15 applies to bulk gases only. This has been reconfirmed on 20 June in the answer to the question asked by the Member of Parliament (MEP) Tamburrano on 21 March.
The EEPLIANT project, involving 20 Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs), has received 6.800.000 EUR funding for the 3rd phase, of which 1.500.000 EUR for testing. Six additional products will be investigated, including air conditioners and comfort fans, ventilation units, water and local space heaters.
This Regulation applies to all products subject to EU harmonised Regulations, e.g. Ecodesign implementing Regulations and provides for an enforcement of market surveillance activities, including the set-up of the UPCN. Within the Regulation, Article 9 opens the possibility for Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) and organisations representing economic operators (for example Eurovent) to agree to carry out joint activities in view of promoting compliance, identifying non-compliance and raising awareness about EU harmonised legislation.