Only half of Member States have provided the European Commission with its strategies

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2020 - Review of EU Member States’ Long-Term Renovation Strategies
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The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has assessed the 14 available national/regional Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS), The analysis by BPIE concludes that many Member States still do not seem to prioritise action in the building industry.

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.

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.

Green transition questionnaires launched separately by DG Justice

The minutes of the first stakeholder online meeting on the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2020-2024 held on 10 July have been published on the project website together with ICT Impact Study in August. At the request of the Commission DG JUST, the project website also announces very detailed questionnaires regarding green transition.

Feedback period 3 August to 21 September 2020

The Commission has initiated a revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive so that it may support the objectives of the European Green Deal and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Feedback can be provided until 21 September 2020.

Under the European Green Deal, the Commission has committed to stronger action on climate change and will assess how the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions could responsibly be reduced by at least 50% to 55% by 2030. This review will assess how far the EU renewable energy rules (Directive 2018/2001/EU) can contribute to a higher EU climate ambition. Feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment is open until 21 September 2020.

Monitoring of outbreak consequences

Eurostat, the statistical office for the EU, produces European statistics in partnership with National Statistical Institutes and other national authorities in the EU Member States. Recently, statistics accounting for impact of the COVID-19 outbreak have been added.

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.

Work on updating expected to be finished by the end of 2020

The first Blue Guide was issued in 2000. It provides for a better understanding of EU product rules and aims to support a uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the single market. Even though the Blue Guide is a non-binding document, it is very often referred to for guidance by Member States, the Commission and stakeholders. The update takes into account the legislative developments since its 2016 edition.

Import tariffs are changing from January 2021: Prepare for the UK Global Tariff

The UK Department for International Trade has issued anew a message regarding the new UK import tariffs and trading rules, which will take effect in January 2021. The new UK Global Tariff will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff. These tariffs will be applied if there is no free trade agreement between the UK and the EU by 31 December.

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