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.

New version of EPREL (1.32.0) available in the ACCEPTANCE environment

New version of EPREL (1.32.0) has been released on 29 September in the ACCEPTANCE environment. It succeeds two additional updates since the previously announced update on 21 August 2020. The latest version allows for testing and scheduling of necessary adaptations. In the PRODUCTION environment the version of 7 July is still applicable.

New version of ACCEPTANCE (1.30.0) released on 07 September 2020

New version of EPREL (1.30.0) has been released in the ACCEPTANCE environment. The latest update includes fixes to minor issues signalled by suppliers when manually uploading their product models in the database or using system-to-system communication. It also adds some new functionalities and cosmetic changes. The PRODUCTION environment has not yet been changed.

New version of ACCEPTANCE released on 21 August 2020

A new version of EPREL (1.29.0) has been released in the ACCEPTANCE environment to allow for testing and scheduling of necessary adaptations. The PRODUCTION environment has not yet been changed.

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.

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.

EEDAL 2021 to take place from 8 to 10 November 2021 in Toulouse, France

After two events outside Europe (2017 USA, 2019 China), the 11th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) conference returns to Europe in 2021. In 2021, EEDAL will be organised jointly with the International Symposium on Science and Technology of Lighting and will take place from 8 to 10 November in Toulouse, France.