Creation of topical groups by 15 February

The first of three stakeholder consultation meetings is set to take place on 26 March 2019. The consultants envisage to set up topic groups, for which experts can present their candidature by 15 February.

The Montreal Protocol decision XXX/10 revises the reporting forms to be prepared by its Parties, including EU and its Member States. The revised forms require, inter alia, detailed data on HFC-23 production/by-production and emissions, as well as on imports and exports of polyols containing hydrofluorocarbons. To ensure compliance with that Montreal Protocol decision it is necessary to revise the Implementing Regulation 1191/2014 and add the new elements.

Joint industry effort to exempt pre-charged equipment exported out of the EU from the F-Gas Regulation quota

Earlier efforts towards DG Clima and in member states failed to get equipment that is pre-charged with F-Gases out of the quota. In a joint effort, industry associations will try to raise the issue anew.

Eurovent Middle East kicks off the new year with its first ‘HVACR Leadership Workshop’ focusing on reducing the energy bill in the food cold chain

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. 

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.

Bulletin provides comprehensive overview on all European legislative developments for members

In cooperation with Orgalime, 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. 

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.

Evaluation study available

The Ozone Regulation is transposing the obligations of the Montreal Protocol at European level regarding ozone depleting substances. It is responsible for reducing the use substances such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) like R22. R410a was a common alternative for R22 because it had no impact on ozone. Due to its high Global Warming Potential of 2088, alternatives are being developed for R410a.

FRONT is a demonstration funded under LIFE, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. It is often referred to as LIFE FRONT. The project runs until 2020 and aims to remove barriers posed by standards for flammable refrigerants and increase the availability of suitable alternatives. The first report has just been published.

Development ISO 22712 standard on competence of personnel

The draft standard ISO 22712 'Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Competence of Personnel' has been submitted for voting on 3 September 2018. The voting terminates on 26 November 2018. The input to the national standardisation bodies such as AFNOR, DIN, UNI, etc. are likely to be requested by around mid-October.