Second meeting of the Advisory Committee

On 9 February 2021, the second EEPLIANT 3 Advisory Committee meeting took place, with about 50 participants. It followed the first meeting that took place on 12 December 2019 and informed stakeholders on the progress of the different Work Packages, including those for air conditioning, water heaters and residential ventilation units.

European Commission proposal planned by end of 2021

On 22 February 2021, the European Commission published its inception impact assessment. It outlines three options that would support the Renovation Wave and contribute to the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives.

Ongoing European activities related to the HVACR industry – Update

The European Consultations start with a ‘Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment’ followed by a ‘Public Consultation’. The Roadmap looks for general comments of the interested persons and stakeholders. The Consultation is the second phase and consists of detailed questionnaires. The industry benefits from responding to these Consultations.

Task reports on possible future Product Groups available

The second stakeholder meeting, initially scheduled for November 2020, will take place on 26 March 2021. Task Reports have been established for 13 possible new Product Groups. Among these, ‘Industrial smart sensors’ and ‘Swimming pool heaters’ could become of interest to Eurovent.

European Parliament Own-Initiative Report

This report was launched by the European Parliament (EP) ENVI Committee in response to the European Commission (EC) Communication of March 2020. This non-binding report provides for policy recommendations to achieve a carbon-neutral circular economy by 2050.

Latest references published in the Official Journal

The latest references to the harmonised standards for pressure equipment were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 10 February 2021. They include relevant references for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.

The IEA is continuing to update its publications. Of note are the Energy Efficiency 2020 and the World Energy Outlook published at the end of 2020. As usual, a lot of interesting documents have been released and while looking at the world at large. The insights can prove useful for companies wishing to enter export markets.

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

Updated Commission guidance for Member States

The latest updated guidance for Member States stresses that the scope of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) ‘Next Generation EU’ is structured around six pillars: green transition; digital transformation; smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs; social and territorial cohesion; health and resilience and policies for the next generation, children and youth, including education and skills.

Scope includes storage cabinets, industrial chillers, remote condensing units

The review of Regulations for professional refrigeration equipment (e.g. storage cabinets, industrial chillers, remote condensing units) has started. The consortium to carry out the review has been appointed. The project website has been launched on 22 January 2021 and the first stakeholder meeting is set to take place soon, on 18 February 2021.

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