The European Commission is working on an omnibus amendment to the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations published in 2019. The Draft Act amending several pieces of legislation in this field (only to correct minor technical issues) is open for feedback for 4 weeks. Feedback can be provided until 03 November 2020.

Ongoing European activities related to the HVACR industry

The European Consultations start with a ‘Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment’ followed by a ‘Public consultation’. The Roadmap looks for general comments of the interested persons and stakeholders. The Consultation is the second phase and consists of detailed questionnaires. The industry benefits from responding to these Consultations.

Roadmap for the sustainable products initiative

The Commission has started a consultation to prepare the revision of the Ecodesign Framework Directive 2009/125/EC. The revision is announced under the sustainable products initiative and is twofold; including elements of the Circular Economy Action Plan to make products sustainable and an extension of the scope beyond energy-related products. The initial input to the roadmap is awaited by 7 November. Further consultation with a detailed questionnaire should be available in October. The objective is to have Commission draft of the revised Ecodesign Directive available at the end of 2021, in view of adoption in 2022 and most likely implementation in 2024 or 2025.

Work on updating expected to be finished by the end of 2020

The first Blue Guide was issued in 2000. It provides for a better understanding of EU product rules and aims to support a uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the single market. Even though the Blue Guide is a non-binding document, it is very often referred to for guidance by Member States, the Commission and stakeholders. The update takes into account the legislative developments since its 2016 edition.

The UK is looking how to integrate, and ambitiously improve the requirements relating to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. Consultations run until 4 September. The UK has also updated its information campaign relating to the end of the transition period, including information for businesses on importing and exporting.

Update on the latest European Commission communication regarding Ecodesign and related items

The European Commission has just circulated the draft minutes of the meeting on reparability (5 July 2019) and on the omnibus amendments (4 June 2020). Elements of the former meetings appear in the study for the Working Plan 2020-2024. The Eurovent Product Group ‘Commercial refrigeration Equipment’ (PG-RDC) has already commented on the latter one.

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.

The European Commission and the Consortium presented the first Task reports of the Working Plan 2020-2024 The Working Plan 2020-2024 will act as a bridge for future ‘sustainable product policy initiative’. It may be noted that the Commission has told DG GROW to be ready with a ‘suitable working plan’ by October in case it would be needed.

Preparatory study draft reports for Tasks 2 and 3 published on the study website

The consortium in charge of the preparatory study for the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2020-2024 has published draft reports for Task 2 and Task 3 ahead of the stakeholder meeting scheduled for 10 July 2020. The reports deal with the identification and preliminary analysis of product groups and horizontal measures to be considered for inclusion in the Working Plan. Air curtains were included in Task 3. In terms of horizontal measures, circular economy aspects were included.

Taxonomy Regulation recognises potential of HVACR sector to contribute to climate change mitigation

Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (the so-called Taxonomy Regulation) was officially published. The aim of the Taxonomy Regulation is to boost investment in green projects by setting common definitions across the EU for what investments may be considered ‘green’. Select projects in the HVACR and building sectors will qualify if they meet the technical screening criteria, which are to be defined in delegated acts.