Minutes of the stakeholder workshops held on 15 July 2021

In addition to the notes provided earlier, the consultants have made available the minutes of the stakeholder meeting.

Commission adopted acts open for feedback until 10 September 2021

Both acts have been released within the context of the Fit for 55 package to deliver the Green Deal and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 55% in 2030 on the path towards the 2050 climate neutrality ambitions. Both acts and their supporting documents are now open for feedback until 10 September.

The Commission DG Energy has commissioned both studies to assess the renewable aspects of space heating and cooling. The insights from the studies should serve as input for policies aimed at increasing the share of renewables in heating and cooling, including methodologies for accounting these shares. For cooling, the Commission aims to adopt by the end of 2021 a delegated act establishing a methodology for calculating the quantity of renewable energy used for cooling and district cooling.

The revision fits within the current Ecodesign Framework Directive 2009/125. It is the first update since 2013 and, while not linked to the separate Sustainable Policy Initiative, the revision will look to update the environmental data sets for the EcoReportTool and consider the possibility to include material efficiency aspects and of environmental footprint/ecological profile aspects.

World Refrigeration Day 2021 promotes cool careers for a better world

In the spirit of the 2021 World Refrigeration Day, Eurovent introduces its Cooling Champions. Meet some of the faces from the Eurovent family in a short video that explains why the HVACR industry is cool and why it matters in everyone’s daily life. Follow the Eurovent Cooling Champion video series throughout the summer and join us in celebrating the coolest day of the year.

1st stakeholder meeting on 24 June, update on meetings announced by European Commission

On 11 June, the MEErP revision team invited stakeholders to the first stakeholder meeting. A 29-page document outlines the Task 1: Updating of the EcoReport tool and Task 2: More systematic inclusion of material efficiency aspects and of environmental footprint/ecological profile aspects in the design options and in the Least Life Cycle Costs (LLCC) curve.

The European Commission DG Environment proposed the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) methods as a way of measuring environmental performance. The initial ideas were developed in the 2010s, under the 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and the current consultation on the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI). It looks like PEF may possibly fit in future legislation.

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).

Public consultation by Commission and by Trinomics until 09 June 2021

The Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) is a key part of the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), one of the main flagships of the European Green Deal, and a pillar of the New Industrial Strategy for Europe. Through the public consultation, the Commission and Trinomics are gathering opinions from the public and stakeholders on the main policy options for a proposal of a Sustainable Products Directive that might be published still before the end of 2021.

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.