Stimulus programme should combine recovery and decarbonisation objectives

Eurovent calls for an ambitious EU green recovery package that focuses on renovating the EU ‘s building stock, modernising the energy system, and investing in digitalisation and the circular economy. The next EU budget presents a unique opportunity to reboot the European economy and set it on the track to carbon-neutrality.

The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on global energy demand and CO2 emissions

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The IEA has issued its World Energy Outlook 2020 that also looks at the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Its analysis show that in countries in lockdown, the energy demand declined by 18-25% on average. IEA explores a scenario that quantifies the energy impacts of a widespread global recession caused by months-long restrictions on mobility, and social and economic activity. This results in a 6% energy demand contraction - the largest one in 70 years in percentage terms and the largest ever in absolute terms. The impact of COVID-19 on energy demand in 2020 would be more than seven times larger than the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

Much more investment in decarbonisation needed in EU with focus on energy efficiency

The report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows a growing gap between rhetoric and action in decarbonising the economy. Although the uptake of renewables in the EU is accelerating, progress on energy efficiency – especially in buildings – is too slow. The EU stands the most to gain from the energy transition but a much higher level of funding in building renovation and the deployment of energy efficiency technologies is needed to reach the 2050 targets. The solution lies at the nexus of the European Green Deal and the COVID-19 recovery plan.

European Commission improved its guidance for better energy efficiency investments in buildings, but Member States implementation falls short of best practice, say Auditors

The European Court of Auditors’ recent Special Report ‘Energy efficiency in buildings’ shows that EU-funded projects still do not focus on achieving the greatest potential energy savings per euro invested. Although the Commission has issued extensive guidance for improving energy efficiency investments in buildings including their cost-effectiveness, audited Member States allocated budget to projects on a first-come first-served basis, without weighing relative costs and benefits.

The European Commission has signed the contract with a consortium composed of Viegand Maagøe, VHK and Öko Recherche on 25 March 2020. The project website is now live.  Even though the contract runs for nine months until November, it is the intention to have it available preferably by September. Of note is that the project website refers to the March 2020 EU Circular Economy Action Plan.

Next edition of Europe’s HVACR flagship event to take place from 12 to 15 October 2021

Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the organisers of the EUROVENTSUMMIT have announced the postponement of its upcoming edition to 2021. Initially scheduled for September 2020, it will now take place from 12 to 15 October 2021 in Antalya, Turkey.

Recovery from the outbreak in focus

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting the European Commission Work Programme for 2020. The draft Recovery Strategy will focus initiatives that will contribute to overcoming the crisis. This draft would integrate aspects of the Green Deal, digitisation and the initial lessons learned from the crisis.

Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment for public consultation until 29 April 2020

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The Commission has published 4-page roadmaps for the public at large and the stakeholders to provide input. This input will be taken into account for development and fine tuning of the revised Ecodesign Ventilation Units and Energy Labelling Ventilation Units Regulations.

The intention is to have it available by September/October 2020

The Commission has signed the contract with a consortium composed of Viegand Maagøe, VHK and Öko Recherche. Even though the contract runs for nine months until November, it is the intention to have it available preferably by September. In the coming days, a list of stakeholders that would be consulted will be established by the Commission and consortium.

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The staff document on data servers covers the routes to procure data centres and includes a set of environmental criteria covering the whole life cycle from design and use, to end-of-life. The document on food and catering is of a more general nature. This is accompanied by a guide to calculate the Life Cycle Cost of vending appliances, including refrigerated vending machines.

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