The pandemic has stressed the need for both indoor air quality (IAQ) and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and the role of adequate ventilation. Various initiatives have been considering the aspect of ventilation since the 1950s. 

The European Commission has released the 2021 pocketbook consisting of data up to the year 2020. Whereas the first pocketbooks elaborated mainly on energy figures, the 2021 version also covers socio-economic indicators and the impact of the energy sector on the environment. The International Energy Agency has released on 13 October its annual World Energy Outlook in time for the COP26 meetings.

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2021 - Net Zero Energy (NZE) by 2050 - A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector
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With this report, IEA shows how the transition to a net zero energy system would be possible by 2050, while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access and enabling robust economic growth. While the study addresses the energy sector, the chapter on buildings does offer some perspectives.

The European Commission has started the review of the GPP Criteria for Office Buildings – a process which will run until the end of 2022, and ultimately replace the current criteria published in May 2016. The revised proposals will seek to reflect the priorities in the Commission’s recent communication ‘A Renovation Wave for Europe’ and ‘New European Bauhaus’, and build upon the new European framework for sustainable buildings - LEVEL(s).

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.

New Position Paper by CEN and CENELEC

Following the European Green Deal, the European Commission published the Circular Economy Action Plan 2 (CEAP2) which pays more attention to prevention and reuse. In response the standardisation bodies CEN and CENELEC have developed a Position Paper with recommendations on how standards can contribute to reaching the Green Deal objectives. An overview of the overall recommendations and selected sectoral recommendations is provided below.

Updated references published on 3 March 2021

The Machinery Directive describes the legal rules that a manufacturer must follow when building machines for the European market. From time to time, the list of the related harmonised standards is updated. The most recent update was on 3 March 2021.

European Parliament Own-Initiative Report

This report was launched by the European Parliament (EP) ENVI Committee in response to the European Commission (EC) Communication of March 2020. This non-binding report provides for policy recommendations to achieve a carbon-neutral circular economy by 2050.

Expert webinar on BIM to take place on 15 February 2021

Digital evolutions have introduced BIM and its applications to the industry. CEN is hosting a webinar to highlight the activities of CEN TC 442 and what it can offer to support other Technical Committees in the digital transformation of their standards.

Notes from Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference and MEErP information webinar

The Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference took place on 3 and 4 November and was attended by Orgalim. From the summary made by Orgalim, the main elements for the HVACR industry have been abstracted. These are complemented with the first elements relating to the revision of the MEErP.