The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency have updated their February 2020 guidance on how to comply with Fluorinated Gas (F-Gas) and Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) regulations from 1 January 2021.

Eurovent Associate Member to elaborate on new compliance regulations for UK market

Eurovent’s Associate Member UL is organising a webinar on the new compliance regulations in relation to Brexit. The event will take place on Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 10:00-11:00h (CEST) and aims to help manufacturers to navigate market access requirements through the Brexit transition. Eurovent members and partners are cordially invited to take part.

In order to prepare for Brexit, the UK government is inviting manufacturers to acquaint themselves with the campaign ‘Keep Business Moving’. It's dedicated website provides information on the actions EU businesses can take to continue trading smoothly with the UK at the end of the year.

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.

Five European states invite evidence and information on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 31 July 2020

National authorities of five countries (Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) invite interested parties to send in evidence and information on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The call for evidence request includes producers, suppliers and distributors. The survey is very broad, covering a wide range of substances and polymers, with the deadline on 31 July 2020.

Analysis of different recommendations on operation and maintenance of HVAC systems

Many authorities and associations are publishing guidance documents on how to operate and maintain HVAC systems considering the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidance documents are updated at irregular intervals. An analysis of a selection of these guidance documents shows inconsistencies between them, but also a common core of recommendations: to increase ventilation rates, extend operating times, and limit recirculation.

Appliance Efficiency Regulations Rulemaking

The State of California is transparent with regards to its rulemaking. It is at the same time similar and different to legislation in Europe. Stakeholders can provide input to the rulemaking and participate to discussion, also from a distance. It can be noted that these developments are echoed and sometimes provide inspiration for European legislation.

Guidelines for space and water heaters and availability of impact assessments

The Commission has just released an update of the guidelines for space and water heaters. The overview of the Ecodesign legislation has been updated and completed with some impact assessment studies. Of note is also the planning of the Commission ecodesign activities.

The F-gas draft implementing acts on the declaration of conformity and the verification by an independent auditor have been published on the comitology registry.

DG GROW has launched this consultation to gathering input from stakeholders to assess the impact of EU legislation (in the areas of internal market, energy efficiency, environment, health and safety) on the sustainability and competitiveness of the construction sector, and also quantify the costs and benefits of applicable EU legal acts for the construction industry.

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