New version of ACCEPTANCE (Software: 1.48.0 / Exchange model 2.7.11)

New version of EPREL (Software: 1.48.0 / Exchange model 2.7.11) has been released in the ACCEPTANCE environment on Friday, 18 June 2021 to let organisations perform testing and schedule necessary adaptations. The same version will be made available in the PRODUCTION environment from Friday, 25 June 2021.

The Commission DG Energy has commissioned this study that assesses the policies that would lead to the decarbonisation of the space heating sector. Besides gathering data on the current situation, specific scenarios will be analysed.

The Commission DG Energy has commissioned this study that assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of the proposed renewable cooling definition and methodologies for calculating renewable energy quantities and shares from cooling.

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. The Regulation also indicated that by 2021 a EUPCN would be set up. A draft guidance has also been developed for joint activities to promote compliance.

Consultation Forum Review Air Conditioners Regulations

With almost one year delay, the activities of the revision of the Air Conditioners Regulations are starting anew. At the same time, a few other developments took place that could provide input into the study.

Results of the 2020 consultation published, additional information on Brexit

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ran this consultation in mod 2020. It received input from 18 respondents. Of interest is the overview published on 12 June 2021 that includes future orientations and therefore is of importance to manufacturers operating in or exporting to the UK.

1st stakeholder meeting on 24 June, update on meetings announced by European Commission

On 11 June, the MEErP revision team invited stakeholders to the first stakeholder meeting. A 29-page document outlines the Task 1: Updating of the EcoReport tool and Task 2: More systematic inclusion of material efficiency aspects and of environmental footprint/ecological profile aspects in the design options and in the Least Life Cycle Costs (LLCC) curve.

German UBA scientific paper with proposals to modify the F-Gas phase down

Just before the F-Gas consultation meeting on 06 May, the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) released a scientific paper that proposes a more ambitious phase-down: 25% in place of 31% in 2024, 15% in place of 24% in 2027 and 10% in place of 21% in 2030 as set out in the F-Gas Regulation 517/2014.

Monthly overview for members on recent developments

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.

The European Commission DG Environment proposed the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) methods as a way of measuring environmental performance. The initial ideas were developed in the 2010s, under the 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and the current consultation on the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI). It looks like PEF may possibly fit in future legislation.