With almost one year delay, the activities of the revision of the Air Conditioners Regulations are starting anew. At the same time, a few other developments took place that could provide input into the study.
This Regulation applies to all products subject to EU harmonised Regulations, e.g. Ecodesign Implementing Regulations and provides for an enforcement of market surveillance activities. The Regulation also indicated that by 2021 a EUPCN would be set up. A draft guidance has also been developed for joint activities to promote compliance.
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.
Just before the F-Gas consultation meeting on 06 May, the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) released a scientific paper that proposes a more ambitious phase-down: 25% in place of 31% in 2024, 15% in place of 24% in 2027 and 10% in place of 21% in 2030 as set out in the F-Gas Regulation 517/2014.
On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.
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 and Öko-Recherche recently presented the preliminary findings of the F-Gas review study. The study notably models the degree to which F-Gases could be substituted in RACHP equipment until 2050. Eurovent considers the substitution scenarios unrealistic and has expressed scepticism about the modelling assumptions used by the study consultant.
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).
With this report, IEA shows how the transition to a net zero energy system would be possible by 2050, while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access and enabling robust economic growth. While the study addresses the energy sector, the chapter on buildings does offer some perspectives.
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.