Cooling, refrigeration, chilling, freezing, cold chain

The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have developed common definitions for these five terms. IIR has endorsed them in February 2019, and its dissemination should lead to a universal adoption.  In Europe, the new definitions should affect policy documents.

After eight conferences in Europe, the 9th International conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) took place in Irvine, California, USA. EEDAL is becoming an international event and the 10th EEDAL conference will take place in China, co-organised with the China National Institute of Standardization.

The 2018 edition of the European Environment Agency (EEA) report on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) confirms the good progress achieved in 2017 by the European Union. A related report by the United Nations provides for a more global outlook.

Development of conformity assessment schemes for Air Handling Units and Fan Coil Units

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2019 - ADQCC and Eurovent Middle East to form joint working group
Photo: Engineer Abdullah Hassan Al Muaini, Executive Director of Conformity Scheme Services at QCC

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, 30 January 2019. The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) and Eurovent Middle East have announced the formation of a joint working group to develop Conformity Assessment Schemes for Air Handling Units and Fan Coil Units. The association of the region’s leading HVACR manufacturers will encourage organisation and coordination of industry stakeholders and is calling on interested manufacturers to join the working group.

Successful exchange on the progress of the F-Gas Regulation

The F-Gas industry roundtable, organised by EPEE, brings together at regular intervals stakeholders to discuss progress in implementing the F-gas Regulation. In addition to a report on communication activities the issue of illegal imports of refrigerants was addressed. About 60 stakeholders attended the roundtable.

Free energy labelling tool to support efficient choices in heating systems

Initiated in 2015 by ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, and funded by the European Commission, an online tool for calculating solar devices using the SOLCAL method is under development. The test version allows users to try it out and provide feedback about the tool to the LabelPack A+ consortium. This consortium includes Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom, where national pilot projects have been developed. The main aim is to provide a tool to calculate the energy label heating packages containing various components, such as boilers, heat pumps, water heaters, storage tanks and solar panels.

International Energy Agency (IEA) worried about future developments

On 13 November 2018, IEA issued its World Energy Outlook. The agency is worried about geopolitical factors influencing the energy markets. The outlook publication was preceded in October by two other publications. The one on energy efficiency notes that the efforts to improve efficiency are slowing down. The other addressed cooling and predicts an increase with 10 air conditioners being sold every second until 2050. Improving energy and environmental efficiency for this product will be a significant challenge. 

Eurovent Summit Innovation/HUB en Sevilla vera a los líderes de la industria exponer en estilo TED

Bruselas, 26 de julio de 2018. La Asociación Eurovent ha anunciado su programa para la segunda edición del Eurovent Innovation/HUB, evento principal del Eurovent Summit 2018, patrocinado por ebm-papst, que tendrá lugar la noche del 26 de septiembre en Sevilla, España, y dará la bienvenida a exponentes de alto nivel de Europa y EE. UU. Quienes realizaran sus presentaciones de una manera única.

The Eurovent Summit’s Innovation/HUB in Seville sees industry leaders presenting in a TED-style manner

Brussels, 26 July 2018. The Eurovent Association has announced its programme for the second edition of the Eurovent Innovation/HUB, the flagship event of the 2018 Eurovent Summit, powered by ebm-papst. The event, which is going to take place on the evening of 26 September in Seville, Spain, will welcome high-ranking speakers from Europe and the US to present in a unique manner.

Orgalime practical guide to WEEE, open scope applicable from 15 August 2015

Orgalime has prepared a practical guide to the understanding of the scope and obligations of the WEEE Directive. As of 15 August, an “open scope” applies unless products are explicitly excluded. Because WEEE must be transposed by the Member States some variations may apply depending on the country.