Obstacles to greater effectiveness of the policies remain though, say Auditors

The European Court of Auditors’ recent Special Report ‘EU action on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling’ shows that the EU’s Ecodesign and Energy Labelling measures have contributed to greater energy efficiency. Delays in the legislative process, overestimations of the effects of the policies, and non-compliance by manufacturers and retailers remain problematic.

Bulletin provides comprehensive overview on all European legislative developments for members

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.

New Policy Officers relevant to the industry and status of the Regulation revisions

The Commission has just issued the update of Policy Officers for the different Ecodesign and Energy Labelling files. Below, you may find the outline their competences and the present status of the individual Lots.

As announced in GEN – 1059.00, the revised Electric Motors and Variable Speed Drives Regulation has been published on the announced date of 25 October 2019, as Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 of 1 October 2019, laying down Ecodesign requirements for electric motors and variable speed drives pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Regulation (EC) No 641/2009 with regard to Ecodesign requirements for glandless standalone circulators and glandless circulators integrated in products and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 640/2009.

On 10 October 2019 the Commission DG GROW issue the tender to prepare for the fourth Working Plan. Formally it is the first Working Plan that combines Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. It is the intention to select the consultant/consortium relatively quick. Nine n months are given to carry out the study, so that before the end of 2020 the Working Plan will be available.

Bulletin provides comprehensive overview on all European legislative developments for members

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.

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission has announced in a press release that it has adopted 10 Ecodesign implementing Regulations. The 10 measures include the revised electric motors and variable speed drives regulation, and the refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function implementing regulations. For the refrigerators with a direct sales function implementing regulations, the implementing measure regarding energy labelling has also been adopted. 

European ‘Ecodesign’ is not the same as Chinese ‘Green Products’

Within the context of the EU-China Industrial Policy Dialogue, a 15-month cooperation project on Ecodesign has been set up. The project aims to get a better understanding of the European and Chinese views and is supported by a common EU-China website.

Preparatory study launched after last years’ scoping study

In October 2018, the ‘scoping study’ regarding BACS ended. It resulted in identifying BACS as a candidate for a full Ecodesign preparatory study that may result in a Regulation. The ‘preparatory study’ started in July 2019. Together with Ms Charlotte van de Water, Expert Energy & Climate for Buildings of the member association Agoria, we have summarised the outcome of the scoping study and outlined the challenges for BACS and products that integrate control.

Input from the industry requested after the first meeting on 4 September

On 30 August 2019 Eurovent was invited to attend the kick-off meeting on 4 September. Due to the tight deadline it was not possible for Eurovent to be present. The EEPLIANT meetings are open for the participating Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs)that for specific meetings invite stakeholders. The minutes of the first meeting on RVU will be shared with Eurovent and the consortium is looking for input from industry by 30 October.

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