Roadmap for the sustainable products initiative

The Commission has started a consultation to prepare the revision of the Ecodesign Framework Directive 2009/125/EC. The revision is announced under the sustainable products initiative and is twofold; including elements of the Circular Economy Action Plan to make products sustainable and an extension of the scope beyond energy-related products. The initial input to the roadmap is awaited by 7 November. Further consultation with a detailed questionnaire should be available in October. The objective is to have Commission draft of the revised Ecodesign Directive available at the end of 2021, in view of adoption in 2022 and most likely implementation in 2024 or 2025.

The European Commission and the Consortium presented the first Task reports of the Working Plan 2020-2024 The Working Plan 2020-2024 will act as a bridge for future ‘sustainable product policy initiative’. It may be noted that the Commission has told DG GROW to be ready with a ‘suitable working plan’ by October in case it would be needed.

Ecodesign and Energy Labelling related meetings

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.

The European Commission is working on an omnibus amendment to the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations published in 2019. This omnibus amendment is not a review of the Regulations that have been adopted. It is not to be considered as a vehicle for adding new elements, even if they would be ‘nice to have’. The amendment is limited to corrections and clarifications.

Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment for public consultation until 29 April 2020

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The Commission has published 4-page roadmaps for the public at large and the stakeholders to provide input. This input will be taken into account for development and fine tuning of the revised Ecodesign Ventilation Units and Energy Labelling Ventilation Units Regulations.

The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 2018/1844 requires the Commission to conclude a feasibility study, clarifying the possibilities and timeline to introduce the inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems and an optional building renovation passport before 2020. This study has just been launched.

New report by European Environment Agency (EEA)

The report shows that the consumption of hydrocarbons (HFCs) was the lowest in terms of their global warming effect since reporting began in 2007. The pacing on the market of HFCs was 4% below the overall market quota limit for 2016 showing good compliance with the quotas.

Draft minutes of the 1st meeting held in Seville on 16 November 2017 available

The number of data centres and the associated energy consumption and related environmental impacts continue to increase. Green Public Procurement is expected to ease the burden on energy and environmental resources and would complement the EU Code of conduct for data centres. 28 persons participated in the first meeting. The preliminary findings are outlined below.

Documents available in view of the 1st meeting in Seville on 16 November 2017

The rise in the number and the continued building of new data centres has caught the attention of the European Commission’s DG Environment. Early in 2017, the Joint Research Centre in Seville together with a consortium led by Viegand Maagøe started a study that will develop procurement criteria. 

1st meeting in Seville on 16 November 2017

The rise in the number and the continued building of new data centres has caught the attention of the European Commission’s DG Environment. Early in 2017, the Joint Research Centre in Seville together with a consortium led by Viegand Maagøe started a study that will develop procurement criteria.

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