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. 

The European Commission has asked a consortium to develop an EU-wide whole life carbon roadmap to outline how all building-related emissions can be mitigated by 2050.  A kick-off webinar is hosted on 8 March 2022.

In 2022, 69 standardisation requests would be issued compared to 22 in the 2021 programme. At the same time the Commission is presenting a new strategy outlining its approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally.

The consultation of the Staff Working Document “Scenarios for a transition pathway for a resilient, greener and more digital construction ecosystem”, as mentioned at the end of 2021 runs until 28 February 2022. 

The Technical Secretariat of the HLCF has issued the 22-page report of the 1st meeting and invited to the topical meetings 19 October – Digitisation, 20 October – Resilience and 22 October – Green topic.

Initiative on a sustainable built environment

The HLCF is meant to co-create (and monitor) the green, digital and resilient transition pathways for the EU construction industry ecosystem. It fits within the context of the Communication on ‘A Renovation Wave for Europe’. The HLCF will interact with a number of stakeholders’ platforms described in Renovation Wave and prepare a future initiative on a sustainable built environment

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.

Ongoing European activities related to the HVACR industry – Update

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 Position Paper by CEN and CENELEC

Following the European Green Deal, the European Commission published the Circular Economy Action Plan 2 (CEAP2) which pays more attention to prevention and reuse. In response the standardisation bodies CEN and CENELEC have developed a Position Paper with recommendations on how standards can contribute to reaching the Green Deal objectives. An overview of the overall recommendations and selected sectoral recommendations is provided below.

Ongoing European activities related to the HVACR industry – Update

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.

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