About fifty persons attended the first stakeholder meeting to prepare the review of the Ventilation Units Regulations. The expectation is that the review process will be finalised in the last quarter of 2020. In the margin of the meeting, the Commission remarked that no one referred to the issue of circular economy.

Consultation Forum on circulators to take place on 13 June 2019

The proposal for the revised Regulation on circulators resulting from the two-year review study will be discussed next week. During the meeting, the rules of procedure for Consultation Forum meetings will be discussed as well.

The project website for this Lot was launched in May 2019. The study itself should be finalised by March 2021. It is expected that the focus will lie with the refrigeration units that are fitted to the containers.

Technology Collaboration Programme on Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E)

The IEA 4E 2018 Annual Report makes for interesting reading. It provides, amongst others, policy guidelines for motor-driven units such as fans, pumps and compressors. Within two pages, these guidelines summarise the activities and documents developed by the 4E Electric Motor System Annex (EMSA), which contains most useful information for manufacturers integrating electric motor systems. An upcoming activity will investigate the technological developments in the air conditioning industry, updating earlier reports from 2010-2011.

Launch conference on 19 June 2019, new subjects and ongoing work on professional refrigeration

The EEPLIANT project, involving 20 Market Surveillance authorities, has received funding for a 3rd phase. Six additional products will be investigated, and these include air conditioners and comfort fans, ventilation units, water and local space heaters.

Air curtains included in the study, but not considered as local space heaters

The consultant Viegand Maagøe has handed over the final report on 15 May 2019. The file and next steps will now be handled by the Commission. At the request of air curtain manufacturers, air curtains were included and studied by the consultant. It was concluded that they are not used to heat spaces, but to separate the climate between spaces, and, as a result, should not be further considered for the revision of the Regulation.

Review studies Lot 1, 2 and 20 – conformity assessment – testing proposals heat pumps

On 16 May 2019, the consultants published revised minutes of the 26 April 2019 meeting, where the possible options of the Review Study of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Space and Water Heaters were presented. The objective was to receive feedback by 26 May from stakeholders in view of the final review report that will be provided to the Commission. Meanwhile, a separate study on third party conformity assessment of solid fuel fired space heaters and local space heaters was released too.

Bulletin provides comprehensive overview on all European legislative developments for members

In cooperation with Orgalim, 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.

On 26 March 2019, the project websites were updated with the Task 1 to Task 7, including a reissue of the Task 1 and 2, which were released in February 2019.  The second and last stakeholder meeting will take place in April 2019, and the study should be finalised before the summer break. 

With Article 19a, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2018/844 (EPBD) introduced the requirement to perform a feasibility study on the possible introduction of inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems before the end of 2019.