Studies indicate that efforts to improve energy efficiency are slowing down

November is the time when the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the United Nations (UN) publish their reports. The 2019 reports confirm the trend noted in 2018 that the efforts to improve energy efficiency are slowing down. The studies also mention confirmation that the need for cooling continues to increase, as does the use of electricity. The studies provide background to these evolutions.

A reappraisal of studies by IEA may be useful

Record temperatures are measured in Europe, and with the planet getting hotter due to climate change, similar heatwaves are predicted to happen more frequently. It is useful to revisit some of the recent scientific studies that Eurovent also brought to it members in the past years. Industry may need to reappraise the climatic conditions and test equipment for temperatures that are higher than those in standards and regulation to keep up with market evolutions, also in Europe.

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a new package of measures with the goal of providing the stable legislative framework needed to facilitate the clean energy transition and towards the creation of the Energy Union. Some of the measures are now nearing their publication, including the revision of a few revised directives.

Development towards coordinated global actions

Following earlier meetings with ASHRAE, Eurovent was invited to the AASA (ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance) meetings on 22 and 23 April 2018. The goal of the meeting was to investigate if an HVAC&R Global Alliance should be established. The meeting also included a most useful overview of UN actions in the field of HVACR.