During the Consultation Forum on BACS, reference was made to a study on ICT alongside the development of Ecodesign measures. The aim is to propose a policy approach for improving energy efficiency and wider circular economy aspects of ICT.

The Ecodesign Preparatory Study on Smart Appliances (Lot 33) started in 2014 and published its final reports in 2018. Smart appliances support Demand Side Flexibility (DSF). The Commission has asked its Joint Research Centre (JRC) to support the development of policy proposals for energy smart appliances. 

The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released two publications of interest. A summary on how the UKCA would apply from 1 January 2023, and another which outlines the views towards UK Ecodesign measures that could possibly be implemented from 2025 onwards. 

After the formal release of the BACS final study on 14 October, the Commission is hosting a Consultation Forum on 15 November to present this study to be followed by a discussion. The possible adoption of the draft minutes of the Consultation Forum meeting on air-to-air conditioners and heat pumps, comfort fans and local space heaters is also part of the meeting.

Concrete dates to be announced later in the year

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak already forced the postponement of the upcoming EUROVENTSUMMIT from September 2020 to October 2021. After carefully evaluating the situation, the organisers have decided that the Summit will be further postponed to 2022.

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The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy announced in 2015 aims to prepare industry for global competitiveness. The National Recovery and Resilience Plans should support 37% of the green transition and 20% of the digital transformation. The DSM is accompanied by a Rolling Plan for ICT standardisation.

Eurovent becomes official partner of the second edition of ATMOsphere Virtual Trade Show

Eurovent has partnered up with shecco and became an official partner of the upcoming second edition of the ATMO Virtual Trade Show. The event will launch on 30 March 2021 and focuses on sustainable cooling technologies. Eurovent will be present with its own virtual booth. Attendance is free of charge.

Task reports on possible future Product Groups available

The second stakeholder meeting, initially scheduled for November 2020, will take place on 26 March 2021. Task Reports have been established for 13 possible new Product Groups. Among these, ‘Industrial smart sensors’ and ‘Swimming pool heaters’ could become of interest to Eurovent.

Revision 2016 Directive on security of network and information systems

The revision of the 2016 Directive sets cybersecurity risks management and reporting obligations to companies, including companies in the HVACR sector. The proposal of the European Commission is now being examined and amended by the Council and the European Parliament.

The second stakeholder meeting on the preparatory study for Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) was held on 15 December 2020. The study team presented and discussed the deliverables. The proposed Ecodesign requirements for control systems are made separately at the packaged product level and at the installed product level. Written comments on the proposal may be submitted until 19 January 2021.