CECED and Eurovent provide comments on Task 1 & 2 of the ecodesign and energy labelling review study on air-conditioners and comfort fans

In this paper, CECED and Eurovent have jointly provided input for the European Commission review study of ecodesign and energy labelling for air conditioners and comfort fans (Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2012 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 626/2011). The paper specifically addresses Task 1 and Task 2 of the Study’s draft interim report.

Published in the European Union Official Journal on 28 July 2017

The Regulation introduced the return to the A-G scale with a differentiated timing. For consumer products, this should be achieved by 2020. Domestic air-conditioners, residential ventilation and professional refrigerated storage cabinets will have rescaled energy labels by 2025 at the latest. For space and water heaters (including heat pumps) the rescaling should be achieved by 2030. As from 1 January 2019 (in some cases 30 June) suppliers shall, before placing a product on the market, enter public and compliance information in a product database. In this article, the Eurovent Team has provided an assessment for members.

This Guide appears one year after the publication of the Commission Notice updating the “Blue Guide” on the implementation of EU product rules. On 457 pages, this Guide provides explanations of the concepts and requirements of the Machinery Directive to ensure uniform interpretation and application in the EU. At present, the new guide is available in English only. Translation into the other EU languages is expected.

Monthly overview for members on recent developments

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 prepare for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.

The white paper details a total of five uncertainties that can occur during the measurement process. In addition to errors in measuring instruments, it looks at both uncertainties in the reproducibility of tests in different laboratories and in the manufacture of compressors. Moreover, the document also highlights the uncertainties in performance prognosis as well as the difference between nominal and test conditions.

The outcome of the ‘Technical assistance study for the assessment of the feasibility of using a “points system” methodology in the implementation of Ecodesign Directive complex products and/or product systems’ may become a point systems methodology that could be applied to products (and systems) that are capable of carrying out different functions. It is now up to the European Commission to decide on subsequent steps. The Eurovent Team has compiled key takeaways for members.

Eurovent Market Intelligence provides overview on developments of various product groups

Eurovent Market Intelligence (EMI), the European reference for HVACR market statistics and an independent subunit of the Eurovent Association, has just released results of its studies on 2016 HVACR sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The results are based on real sales data. EMI provides annual and quarterly results, market trends and analyses, and makes reassessed data available for non-manufacturers. The number of participants has tripled during the last 5 years and reaches today around 300 manufacturers worldwide for 12 programmes.

Tentative target for the revised version at the end of 2017

With a new Policy Officer in charge since January 2017, a first informal meeting on reactivating the review of the EU Fan Regulation 327/2011 has taken place. Within the Commission’s tentative schedule, the aim is to have an Impact Assessment that will support the revised Regulation by the end of the year. The Eurovent Association is actively following the developments and participates in all relevant meetings at the Commission level.

European Commission has published new energy statistical datasheets

The European Commission has published new energy statistical datasheets, which show the evolution of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of European Union Member States between the years 1990 and 2015. The Eurovent Team has assessed the results for members.

New addition to implementation of the Regulation (EU) 2016/2281

The European Union published titles and references of transitional methods of measurement and calculation for air heating and cooling products, high temperature process chillers and fan coil units. These methods have been circulated as a Commission communication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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