One of Eurovent’s key tasks is to accompany the development of legislation and standards on a national, regional, European Union, and international level. As a globally recognised representative of the HVACR industry, Eurovent is a frequently-consulted third party towards political institutions such as the European Commission and UNEP.

While most of our advocacy takes place via personal meetings with decision-makers, we regularly publish Position Papers on issues of importance – either independently or in cooperation with partner associations such as eurammon, EVIA, EPEE, EHPA, or REHVA.

When assessing position papers, are you aware whom you are dealing with?

Eurovent’s structure rests upon democratic decision-making procedures between its members and their representatives. The more than 1.000 organisations within the Eurovent network count on us to represent their needs in a fair and transparent manner. Accordingly, we can answer policy makers’ questions regarding our association representativeness and decisions-making processes as follows:

1. Who receives which amount of votes?

2. Who has the final decision-making power?

At Eurovent, the number of votes is never related to organisation sizes, country sizes, or membership fee levels! No matter if SMEs or large organisations, each company receives one vote within our technical working groups. In our General Assembly or Eurovent Commission (supervisory body), our national member associations receive two votes per country.

The Eurovent Commission acts as the association’s supervisory body. It defines the overall association roadmap, makes decisions on horizontal topics, and mediates in case manufacturers cannot agree within technical working groups. The Commission consists of national association Members, receiving two votes per country independent from its size or economic weight.

3. How European is the association?

4. How representative is the organisation?

More than 90 per cent of manufacturers within Eurovent manufacture in and come from Europe. They employ around 150.000 people in Europe largely within the secondary sector. Our structure as an umbrella enables us to consolidate manufacturers' positions across the industry, ensuring a broad and credible representation.

Eurovent represents more than 1.000 companies of all sizes spread widely across 20+ European countries, which are treated equally. As each country receives the same number of votes, there is no ‘leading’ country. Our national member associations ensure a wide-ranging national outreach also to remote locations.

Eurovent and transparency

You can check on us in the European Union Transparency Register under identification no. 89424237848-89. All Eurovent meeting documents are being made available on request for political decision-makers.

Recently published Position Papers

The following section provides for a collection on our recently published Position Papers.


Proposed Eurovent amendment concerning cooling towers and the EU Fan Regulation

In the light of the revision of Fan Regulation 327/2011 and following consultation among Eurovent manufacturers of cooling towers, evaporative condensers and evaporative fluid coolers, Eurovent proposes the Commission to include a paragraph to the new Regulation which would exclude fans transporting gases and vapours with a relative humidity larger than 90%.

In December 2014, the European Commission’s JRC-IPTS has released the draft proposal on ‘Green Public Procurement Criteria for the design, construction and management of Office buildings’. Eurovent members welcome this initiative, however, members from Eurovent Product Group 'Air Filters' would like to recommend the European Commission to integrate the Eurovent Rating Standars for the certification of air filters as well as Eurovent Recommendation 4/19 concerning public enquiries for air filters into its energy efficiency classification.

Cooling tower manufacturers within the Eurovent network propose amendments to revised EU Fan Regulation 327/2011
According to the current ‘EU Fan Regulation’ in place, a cooling tower is defined as a fan system as multiple critical parts of the fan system are the evaporative cooling tower itself. In this respect, cooling tower manufacturers within the Eurovent network proposed to amend one Regulation paragraph in order to exempt cooling towers from the requirements outlined for fans in the revised EU Fan Regulation.
Fan manufacturers from the Eurovent network provide detailed amendments to the proposed revised Fan Regulation 327/2011

On 21 November 2014, Dutch consulting agency VHK, which is in charge of advising the European Commission on the current Fan Regulation revision, published a discussion document outlining the proposed changes to Fan Regulation 327/2011. Manufacturers from the Eurovent network herewith provide a detailed response.

Cooling tower manufacturers from the Eurovent network justify the exemption of cooling towers from the revised EU Fan Regulation 327/2011

In a position paper published on 18 November 2014, Eurovent and its members were calling for an exemption of Cooling Towers from the revised Commission Regulation (EU) No 327/2011, which sets Ecodesign requirements for fans driven by motors with an electric input power between 125 W and 500 kW. In addition, Eurovent now provides additional clarifications on the difficulties cooling tower manufacturers would face in case of no exemption from the Regulation.

Eurovent manufacturers advise VHK on its input for the Fan Regulation Revision

In the light of the Revision of Fan Regulation 327/2011, Dutch consultancy firm VHK published a 'discussion document' as starting point for the European Commission. Welcoming the major part of the document's contents, manufacturers from the Eurovent Product Group 'European Fan Technology' advise VHK to slightly modify parts of the proposed Regulation.

Manufacturers from the Eurovent network underline the importance of a separate legislation for Cooling Towers and Fans integrated in Cooling Towers

In the light of the current revision of Fan Regulation 327/2011, manufacturers of evaporative cooling equipment in the Eurovent network ask for an exemption of Cooling Towers from the revised Regulation.

Eurovent pleeds for an exemption of Box and Roof Fans from the revised Fan Regulation

Manufacturers from Eurovent Product Group 'European Fan Technology' published a Position Paper asking the Commission to exempt Box and Roof Fans from the Revised Fan Regulation 327/2011.

Eurovent underlines the importance of Market Surveillance

In the light of the revision of Fan Regulation 327/2011, the Eurovent Product Group 'European Fan Technology' published a Position Paper stressing the importance of effective Market Surveillance of fan products.

Eurovent calls for Commission to rethink its vision on replacement parts in the course of the Fan Regulation Revision

According to the proposed revised version of Fan Regulation 327/2011, fan suppliers and appliers would be obliged to use ErP 2015 (Tier II) compliant fans also when replacing fans. With this Position Paper, Eurovent Members aimed to explain why such a measure would not be feasible.

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