The Eurovent General Secretariat did not receive any comment regarding the review the default primary energy factor (2,5).

With GEN 559 we informed you about the development of EU GPP criteria for Office Buildings. We communicate that the consultation on revised technical background report and criteria proposals will run until 27 February 2015.

The background to the creation of GPP for buildings can be traced to an Ecobuilding project financed by DG Environment of the early 2000s. With time the scope of buildings was narrowed down to office buildings of public administrations (2011). The December 2014 GGP draft criteria are wider and would apply to all office buildings of ownership.

The application of the 98/34/EC Directive has also been extended to new standardisation work undertaken by National Standard Bodies (AENOR, AFNOR, DIN, UNI…) at national level. These notifications are registered centrally by the CEN Management Centre and a "Monthly Notifications Register" is circulated in English to the CEN Members and the European Commission. The National Standard Body generally provides the relevant associations with a copy of these updates.

Market surveillance is vital to functioning of the Single Market and helps to protect responsible businesses from unfair competition by unscrupulous economic operators who ignore the rules or cut corners. A lot of EU legislation has an article dealing introducing market surveillance, for example implementing measures under Ecodesign.

We expect that most member associations are aware of the initiative of the International Institute for Refrigeration to organise a students’ competition in 2015 on the theme “Refrigeration For The Sustainable Cold Chain And Food Safety”.

Call for papers 7th International Conference on Compressor and Refrigeration, Xi’an Jiaotong University, P.R.of China 16 – 18 October


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