Minutes of the stakeholder workshops held on 15 July 2021

In addition to the notes provided earlier, the consultants have made available the minutes of the stakeholder meeting.

The Commission DG Energy has commissioned both studies to assess the renewable aspects of space heating and cooling. The insights from the studies should serve as input for policies aimed at increasing the share of renewables in heating and cooling, including methodologies for accounting these shares. For cooling, the Commission aims to adopt by the end of 2021 a delegated act establishing a methodology for calculating the quantity of renewable energy used for cooling and district cooling.

The Consultation Forum provided for information on work streams and the priorities that would apply until 2024. The recommendations of the preparatory study for the Working Plan were discussed.

The stakeholder meeting to present and discuss findings of the technical assistance study for ensuring optimal performance of Technical Building Systems under the EPBD was held on 01 July 2021. The objective of the study is to develop guidance for Member States aimed at supporting the effective establishment and enforcement of Articles 8(1), 8(9) on system requirements for Technical Building Systems, and Articles 14(4) and 15(4) on the automation and control systems for heating and air conditioning systems of the EPBD Directive. According to estimates, the total energy saving potential in the EU due to correctly implemented system performance requirements for TBS ranges from 14% to 31%. The largest saving potential is related to space heating, but space cooling and ventilation are also of high relevance.

Requirements for (inter alia) Refrigerating Appliances with a Direct Sales Function and Electric Motors and Variable Speed Drives

On 18 June 2021, UK has published its Statutory Instrument introducing Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirements for a set of products. Those of relevance for Eurovent are Refrigerating Appliances with a Direct Sales Function and Electric Motors and Variable Speed Drives.

The revision fits within the current Ecodesign Framework Directive 2009/125. It is the first update since 2013 and, while not linked to the separate Sustainable Policy Initiative, the revision will look to update the environmental data sets for the EcoReportTool and consider the possibility to include material efficiency aspects and of environmental footprint/ecological profile aspects.

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.

Consultation Forum Review Air Conditioners Regulations

With almost one year delay, the activities of the revision of the Air Conditioners Regulations are starting anew. At the same time, a few other developments took place that could provide input into the study.

1st stakeholder meeting on 24 June, update on meetings announced by European Commission

On 11 June, the MEErP revision team invited stakeholders to the first stakeholder meeting. A 29-page document outlines the Task 1: Updating of the EcoReport tool and Task 2: More systematic inclusion of material efficiency aspects and of environmental footprint/ecological profile aspects in the design options and in the Least Life Cycle Costs (LLCC) curve.

Concrete dates to be announced later in the year

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak already forced the postponement of the upcoming EUROVENTSUMMIT from September 2020 to October 2021. After carefully evaluating the situation, the organisers have decided that the Summit will be further postponed to 2022.

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