Guidelines for space and water heaters and availability of impact assessments

The Commission has just released an update of the guidelines for space and water heaters. The overview of the Ecodesign legislation has been updated and completed with some impact assessment studies. Of note is also the planning of the Commission ecodesign activities.

Analysis shows that no EU Member State is prepared to adopt smart building technologies

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) assesses aspects such as dynamic operability, energy-system responsiveness, renewable energy uptake as well as dynamic and self-learning control systems to judge how well prepared Europe is for an increasing share of smart buildings.

Adoption in the plenary session in the European Parliament and by the Council is expected, with publication to follow during summer

The discussions on the Commission proposal started in July 2015 and after several meetings in the related working groups and committees an agreement was reached during the fourth trilogue meeting on 21 March 2017. Later in March this agreement was adopted by the Council Working Party and on 25 April 2017 by ITRE Committee in the European Parliament.  The final text should be adopted in Plenary session in the European Parliament and by the Council before the summer break.

The common methodology for calculating WEEE has been published

The Commission implementing Regulation 2017/699 establishing a common methodology for the calculation of the weight of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the national market in each Member State and a common methodology for the calculation of the quantity of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) generated by weight in each Member State has been published in the Official Journal on 19 April 2017.

The publications provide insight into the Commission evaluation of its Energy Efficiency, Ecodesign and Energy Labelling activities

The brochure of “Good Practices in Energy Efficiency”, which presents examples of good practice from policy implementation, technology development and investment in energy efficiency across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States. The updated report on the EU's Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirements provides for an evaluation and energy saving estimates realised by the implementing regulations.

Members of the Eurovent Association and Eurovent Middle East jointly raise awareness on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) through a wide-ranging, interactive, open-source campaign

Brussels, Dubai, 24 April 2017. During an online press conference, the Eurovent Association (Brussels) and Eurovent Middle East (Dubai) have officially launched #IAQmatters – a joint initiative of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturers in Europe and the Middle East, which provides solutions to ensure a healthy indoor climate. #IAQmatters was developed in close cooperation with leading experts such as Prof. Geo Clausen from the Section for Indoor Climate and Building Physics at Denmark Technical University (DTU). Prof. Stefano Cognati, President of REHVA, is one of the campaign’s patrons.

EVIA, the European Ventilation Industry Association with whom Eurovent develops the industry joint Guidance Document on Ecodesign requirements for the Ventilation Units Regulations is hosting this workshop to consider improving the market surveillance of ventilation products.

The application of the 2015/1535/EU (previously Directive 98/34/EC Directive) has also been extended to new standardisation work undertaken by National Standard Bodies (AENOR, AFNOR, DIN, UNI…) at national level. These notifications are registered centrally by the CEN Management Centre and a "Monthly Notifications Register" is circulated in English to the CEN Members and the European Commission. The National Standard Body generally provides the relevant associations with a copy of these updates.

An unambiguous interpretation of the requirements set out in the Commission Regulation 2016/2281 is fundamental for ensuring the-level-playing-field

Eurovent has just published its Position Paper related to the European Commission Guideline Document on the European Commission Regulation 2016/228. Eurovent and its Members hold that the EU Ecodesign regulations and measures are a powerful tool to achieve the European Union energy saving targets and to ensure the level-playing-field. Eurovent does not regard these measures as a burden, but as a motivation to further innovate while contributing to progressive thinking throughout all sectors of our industry.

Felix Van Eyken focussed on the ‘past, present and future’ of European HVACR

Shanghai, 12 April 2017. As the first-ever association from Europe, Eurovent has received the honour to give a keynote presentation at the renowned CR 2017 Forum during the Opening Reception of the China Refrigeration Expo in Shanghai. In a well-received speech, Eurovent Secretary General Felix Van Eyken has elaborated on the ‘past, present and future’ of HVACR legislation technologies in Europe, with a focus on the heating sector and heat pumps.

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