The European evaporative cooling industry is ready to face the challenges of 2030

As outcome of the two-year Special Project ‘Evaporative Cooling 2030’, the Eurovent Association has published a set of documents including a new Eurovent Recommendation and a dedicated flyer, providing a clear overview of what the evaporative cooling industry saves in terms of CO2 emissions today and what it can save tomorrow. These documents are complemented by the first-ever European evaporative cooling industry monograph providing a clear indication on its size and scope.

As announced in GEN – 1059.00, the revised Electric Motors and Variable Speed Drives Regulation has been published on the announced date of 25 October 2019, as Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 of 1 October 2019, laying down Ecodesign requirements for electric motors and variable speed drives pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Regulation (EC) No 641/2009 with regard to Ecodesign requirements for glandless standalone circulators and glandless circulators integrated in products and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 640/2009.

The European Commission has just released its draft minutes of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Consultation Forum (EELCF) meetings held on 9 and 10 September 2019. Together with APPLiA, Eurovent has commented on the review proposal for air conditioning and comfort fans. A comment on the proposal to bring different technologies under one label for local space heaters is under development.

On 10 October 2019 the Commission DG GROW issue the tender to prepare for the fourth Working Plan. Formally it is the first Working Plan that combines Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. It is the intention to select the consultant/consortium relatively quick. Nine n months are given to carry out the study, so that before the end of 2020 the Working Plan will be available.

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.

Review study space and water heaters, Energy Efficiency Directive recommendations and EEPliant3

The month of September has seen the release of a few documents. Of these, the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling review study for space and water heaters will interest manufacturers of heat pumps. The methodology to forecast and promote efficiency in heating and cooling has been improved, this will mainly affect the development of the national forecasts (including threats and opportunities for technologies). Lastly, the EEPLIANT3 activities have started. 

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission has announced in a press release that it has adopted 10 Ecodesign implementing Regulations. The 10 measures include the revised electric motors and variable speed drives regulation, and the refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function implementing regulations. For the refrigerators with a direct sales function implementing regulations, the implementing measure regarding energy labelling has also been adopted. 

European ‘Ecodesign’ is not the same as Chinese ‘Green Products’

Within the context of the EU-China Industrial Policy Dialogue, a 15-month cooperation project on Ecodesign has been set up. The project aims to get a better understanding of the European and Chinese views and is supported by a common EU-China website.

Preparatory study launched after last years’ scoping study

In October 2018, the ‘scoping study’ regarding BACS ended. It resulted in identifying BACS as a candidate for a full Ecodesign preparatory study that may result in a Regulation. The ‘preparatory study’ started in July 2019. Together with Ms Charlotte van de Water, Expert Energy & Climate for Buildings of the member association Agoria, we have summarised the outcome of the scoping study and outlined the challenges for BACS and products that integrate control.

Input from the industry requested after the first meeting on 4 September

On 30 August 2019 Eurovent was invited to attend the kick-off meeting on 4 September. Due to the tight deadline it was not possible for Eurovent to be present. The EEPLIANT meetings are open for the participating Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs)that for specific meetings invite stakeholders. The minutes of the first meeting on RVU will be shared with Eurovent and the consortium is looking for input from industry by 30 October.