EU guidance note from 22 November 2019

On 22 November, the EU Directorate General for Taxation and Customs published a guidance note in case the United Kingdom would leave the EU with no deal. If there would be no deal, the UK will withdraw from the EU on 1 February 2020. If there would be a deal, a new transition period would apply. Both the EU and the UK have been updating their guidance notes.

As you may already know, the Eurovent Association is switching to a new membership structure as of 1 January 2020. After this date, manufacturer participation in working groups and access to the Extranet will be reserved for contributing members only (i.e. Corresponding Members). Read on to find out more about this change and learn what to do in order to keep all your Eurovent benefits.

1st stakeholder meeting 2nd phase Smart Readiness Indicator

On 26 March, the Commission hosted the first stakeholder meeting for the second phase of the development of the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI). The meeting aimed at presenting stakeholders with an overview of the previous study focused on the calculation methodology, and to present how the study team aims to structure this study on the practical implementation.

With Article 19a, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2018/844 (EPBD) introduced the requirement to perform a feasibility study on the possible introduction of inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems before the end of 2019.

First stakeholder meeting to take place before summer 2019

In February 2019, the European Commission has initiated the Review Study on Ecodesign and Energy Regulations on Ventilation Units. The review is being carried out by VHK and managed by Vito. It will include the review of existing Regulations EU 1253/2014 (Ecodesign requirements for ventilation units) and EU 1254/2014 (energy labelling of residential ventilation units).

Creation of topical groups by 15 February

The first of three stakeholder consultation meetings is set to take place on 26 March 2019. The consultants envisage to set up topic groups, for which experts can present their candidature by 15 February.

The Montreal Protocol decision XXX/10 revises the reporting forms to be prepared by its Parties, including EU and its Member States. The revised forms require, inter alia, detailed data on HFC-23 production/by-production and emissions, as well as on imports and exports of polyols containing hydrofluorocarbons. To ensure compliance with that Montreal Protocol decision it is necessary to revise the Implementing Regulation 1191/2014 and add the new elements.

Proposal to combine the energy labels open for comments until 8 March 2019

To facilitate the comparison of different technologies with the same application, the consultant for the Review Studies proposes introducing the same Energy Efficiency classes for the appliances in the scope of Regulation (EU) 2015/1186 and Regulation (EU) 626/2011.

Joint industry effort to exempt pre-charged equipment exported out of the EU from the F-Gas Regulation quota

Earlier efforts towards DG Clima and in member states failed to get equipment that is pre-charged with F-Gases out of the quota. In a joint effort, industry associations will try to raise the issue anew.

Initial comments requested by Friday, 25 January

In addition to the new Energy Label designs, the European Commission has also initiated a consumer study on the icons that would be used. At present, the consultant CentERdata is developing icons for the revised Energy Labelling Regulation for air conditioners.

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