The consortium in charge of the preparatory study for the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2020-2024 has published draft reports for Task 2 and Task 3 ahead of the stakeholder meeting scheduled for 10 July 2020. The reports deal with the identification and preliminary analysis of product groups and horizontal measures to be considered for inclusion in the Working Plan. Air curtains were included in Task 3. In terms of horizontal measures, circular economy aspects were included.
Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (the so-called Taxonomy Regulation) was officially published. The aim of the Taxonomy Regulation is to boost investment in green projects by setting common definitions across the EU for what investments may be considered ‘green’. Select projects in the HVACR and building sectors will qualify if they meet the technical screening criteria, which are to be defined in delegated acts.
After two events outside Europe (2017 USA, 2019 China), the 11th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) conference returns to Europe in 2021. In 2021, EEDAL will be organised jointly with the International Symposium on Science and Technology of Lighting and will take place from 8 to 10 November in Toulouse, France.
In cooperation with Orgalim, the Eurovent Team regularly provides you with an in-depth overview on all European legislative developments of relevance for the HVACR sector. The Bulletin provides for a hands-on compendium allowing the industry to assess the status quo and expected future developments. In addition to recent sector specific issues, our Team has summarised some of the key takeaways within this article.
In May 2020, the European Commission published a Roadmap towards a Renovation Wave. The Roadmap received input from 187 bodies, including Eurovent Association, Eurovent Certita Certification and one Member Association (Talteka). Up to 9 July 2020, the Commission is hosting a public consultation to define its strategy and propose an action plan. Participation to the consultation will help in shaping the future renovation markets.
After the Consultation Forum meeting on parameters and values (see GEN – 1121.00), the European Commission has provided a tentative planning of the meetings for 2020. This planning can still evolve. The meeting for review of the Ventilation Units Regulation is set for 23 October 2020. The meeting for review of the Fans Regulation is set for December 2020.
Since early 2017, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been developing the Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for data centres. The final report has been published on the JRC website. Within this report, the criteria related to the operation of cooling systems and the use of refrigerants are of interest to the HVACR industry.
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.
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.
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.