On 25 March 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of the Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directives, in which it calls on the European Commission to regulate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as well. The resolution is not binding on the Commission but is nevertheless a significant milestone in the efforts to enshrine IAQ into legislation. It confirms there is growing appreciation among legislators of the importance of clean air indoors, reflecting an ambition which Eurovent has been advocating for consistently.
This report was launched by the European Parliament (EP) ENVI Committee in response to the European Commission (EC) Communication of March 2020. This non-binding report provides for policy recommendations to achieve a carbon-neutral circular economy by 2050.
This study was published on 13 January 2021 and, while addressing and advocating policies to address the impact of air pollution on diseases, it also deals with Indoor Air Quality and questions such as if ventilation standards, mainly based on CO2 concentrations, would still be enough.
Eurovent has released the first edition of the Eurovent Recommendation 14/6 – Interpretation of Regulation (EU) 2019/2018 and of Regulation (EU) 2019/2024. The Recommendation provides the European Commission with industry input for the future guidelines accompanying Regulations (EU) 2019/2018 and (EU) 2024/2019.
On Monday, 9 November 2020, the European Parliament adopted the Recovery and Resilience Facility, as part of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final adoption requires agreement of all 27 Member States and should be forthcoming. In addition to the earlier communication on the RRF, the Commission has now published guidance and templates that Member States can use if they wish to qualify for funding. It is reminded that the national proposals must be introduced by 30 April 2021.
The European Parliament services have produced a briefing, providing a summary of the recent economic developments in the EU Member States and an overview of relevant economic projections forecasted by major international and EU institutions, as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This October update will be followed by another one in November.
The Commission 2021 work programme is designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age. It sets out list of actions for the upcoming 12 months that fit with the political commitments.
The Commission has submitted to these acts to European Parliament and Council that have until 14 December 2020 to object to these acts. The Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) is an optional scheme introduced under Article 8(10) of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
In order to receive support from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, Member States must prepare national recovery and resilience plans setting out their reform and investment agendas until 2026, including targets, milestones and estimated costs. At least 37% of the plan’s allocation should support the green transition and at least 20% digital transformation.
Ms Charlotte van de Water, Expert Energy & Climate for Buildings in Eurovent Belgian Member Association Agoria, regularly updates the members of Agoria explaining the links between the European and national policies. Her most recent update looks at how European Climate Policy Framework and budgets are now impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The members are strongly recommended to read this introduction as it provides for a background to the ongoing evolutions at European level, which are often forgotten when dealing with specific directives, regulations or implementing and delegated acts.