The European Commission has started work on updating the Machinery Directive to improve safety levels further and to take account of the latest IT developments. The proposed revision aligns the Directive with EU harmonised legislation on product health and safety and tackles the challenges that may arise from technical progress in digitisation. The adoption of the revised Machinery Directive is scheduled for early to mid-2021.
On 4 January 2019, Eurovent Market Intelligence (EMI) has commenced with its latest annual data collection, which has been providing manufacturers with information on the European HVACR market since 1994. With more than 300 participating manufacturers, 15 product types, and response rates often exceeding 80%, the statistics branch of Eurovent has become the benchmark for HVACR market data.
The INTAS project has started in March 2016. It should provide policy options that could support European Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) when checking compliance with Ecodesign requirements for large industrial products, specifically transformers and fans. The project is coming to an end with an event on 12 February.
Eurovent Middle East has announced the next event within its ‘HVACR Leadership Workshops’ series, which is going to focus on cost savings within the food cold chain and takes place at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre on 28 January 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00h. The non-commercial, free-of-charge seminar will see leading industry experts in this field elaborate on key technologies and strategies to reduce energy consumption in the food cold chain.
The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2018/884 introduces a "Smart Readiness Indicator". The SRI will measure the buildings' capacity to use new technologies and electronic systems to adapt to the needs of the consumer, optimise its operation and interact with the grid. The European Commission has asked a consortium to develop the SRI. A first report was published in 2018. The second study should prepare for the adoption of a delegated act by the end of 2019.
At the end of 2017, the European Commission issued a standardisation request with the objective to have a European standardisation deliverable on the use of flammable refrigerants, in particular those classified as A3, in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment by November 2020/February 2021.
Hamon Cooling Tower Company has become member of the Eurovent Middle East association. The company is being recognised as one of the market leaders in the cooling tower sector and places a specific focus on the manufacturing of large cooling systems, process heat exchangers, heat recovery equipment, chimneys and waste boilers - to name just a few.
On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.
Publication of all three revised directives in the Official Journal is scheduled on 21 December. The 2030 targets set out in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive are 32,5%. The revised Renewable Energy Sources Directive has a binding collective target of 32% of energy that shall come from renewable energy sources.