At the end of 2017, the European Commission issued a standardisation request with the objective to have a European standardisation deliverable on the use of flammable refrigerants, in particular those classified as A3, in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment by November 2020/February 2021.
The initial draft by the Commission provided for a possible active role for organisations representing businesses. The text that is now discussed in the trialogue meetings (Commission, Council and Parliament) is merely referring to raising awareness and providing advice and guidance in relation to EU harmonisation legislation in the framework of a cooperation between market surveillance authorities and organisations representing businesses.
In addition to the previous communication about the ACCEPTANCE environment, on 14 December the Commission announced that the first version of EPREL has been made available in the PRODUCTION environment. This environment is secured, and it is the one that suppliers must use to register their models from 1 January 2019.
In cooperation with Orgalime, 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 11 December, the Commission made a new prototype version of EPREL available in the ACCEPTANCE environment. This is the last version before “Production” and it is the version that suppliers will have on 14 December 2018. The European Commission apologises for the inconvenience but thinks that it is necessary to give suppliers some days (!) to adapt their systems, if necessary, before Production.
The Commission service is developing explanatory documents to support Member States in the transposition of Directive 2018/844/EU amending the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU into national law. These drafts reflect comments submitted by Member States to the Commission. It is not yet known when these would be published.
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.
Publication of all three revised directives in the Official Journal is scheduled on 21 December. The 2030 targets set out in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive are 32,5%. The revised Renewable Energy Sources Directive has a binding collective target of 32% of energy that shall come from renewable energy sources.