Results of the 2020 consultation published, additional information on Brexit

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ran this consultation in mod 2020. It received input from 18 respondents. Of interest is the overview published on 12 June 2021 that includes future orientations and therefore is of importance to manufacturers operating in or exporting to the UK.

The IEA is continuing to update its publications. Of note are the Energy Efficiency 2020 and the World Energy Outlook published at the end of 2020. As usual, a lot of interesting documents have been released and while looking at the world at large. The insights can prove useful for companies wishing to enter export markets.

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.

The UK is looking how to integrate, and ambitiously improve the requirements relating to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. Consultations run until 4 September. The UK has also updated its information campaign relating to the end of the transition period, including information for businesses on importing and exporting.

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.

Deputy Secretary General Francesco Scuderi to talk about EU Climate Neutrality Strategy

The Eurovent Association has partnered up with ATMOsphere (shecco) and Danish Technological Institute to support the virtual ATMO/DTI Technical Conference ‘The Future of Air Conditioning’ on 23 and 24 June 2020. Eurovent’s Deputy Secretary General and European refrigeration expert Francesco Scuderi will elaborate on the EU Climate Neutrality Strategy in the Policy Panel on the first day of the conference. Eurovent members receive 15% discount on conference passes.

The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on global energy demand and CO2 emissions

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The IEA has issued its World Energy Outlook 2020 that also looks at the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Its analysis show that in countries in lockdown, the energy demand declined by 18-25% on average. IEA explores a scenario that quantifies the energy impacts of a widespread global recession caused by months-long restrictions on mobility, and social and economic activity. This results in a 6% energy demand contraction - the largest one in 70 years in percentage terms and the largest ever in absolute terms. The impact of COVID-19 on energy demand in 2020 would be more than seven times larger than the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

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