The first report on the revision of the 2016 GPP criteria for Office Buildings was released in March. The scope has been extended to all type of buildings and the criteria would be finalised by mid-2023. 

An overview of the past 2014-2022 developments were presented during the consultation forum, and a first discussion on the draft working document took place. The Commission integrated the comments made during the meeting and awaits further written comments by 29 April 2022.

Within a package of European Green Deal proposal, the EC has adopted on 30 March 2022 the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024.

In 2021, the Commission adopted a proposal for a new CBAM which will put a carbon price on imports of selected products. The future impact of CBAM on downstream industries such as HVACR does require addressing.

The European Commission has opened the call for evidence on the review of the RoHS Directive, which limits the use of certain harmful substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Feedback can be submitted until 14 March 2022.

On 16 December 2021 the Commission issued a recommendation on the use of the Environmental Footprint methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations.

The meetings of the HLCF have resulted in a Commission Staff Working Document “Scenarios for a transition pathway for a resilient, greener and more digital construction ecosystem”. Until 28 February 2022 can one contribute to the consultation on this document.

A delegated regulation supplementing the Taxonomy Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 10 December 2021. It specifies the content and presentation of information to be disclosed by undertakings subject to the corporate sustainability reporting requirements of the Accounting Directive 2013/34/EU modified by the Non-Financial Reporting Directive 2014/95/EU.

The first delegated act under the Taxonomy Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 9 December 2021. It contains the Technical Screening Criteria (TSC) for the first two environmental objectives: climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation.

The HLCF is meant to co-create the green, digital and resilient transition pathways for the EU construction industry ecosystem. It would result in a commitment towards this transition rather than a directive or regulation.