The review of the EPBD started with a Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment that could be commented upon until 22 March 2021. Since then, a Public Consultation has been launched that runs until 22 June 2022. The Commission has also tasked the consultant Trinomics to gather stakeholder views through hosting stakeholder workshops.
The European Consultations start with a ‘Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment’ followed by a ‘Public Consultation’. The Roadmap looks for general comments of the interested persons and stakeholders. The Consultation is the second phase and consists of detailed questionnaires. The industry benefits from responding to these Consultations.
Following the European Green Deal, the European Commission published the Circular Economy Action Plan 2 (CEAP2) which pays more attention to prevention and reuse. In response the standardisation bodies CEN and CENELEC have developed a Position Paper with recommendations on how standards can contribute to reaching the Green Deal objectives. An overview of the overall recommendations and selected sectoral recommendations is provided below.
The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy announced in 2015 aims to prepare industry for global competitiveness. The National Recovery and Resilience Plans should support 37% of the green transition and 20% of the digital transformation. The DSM is accompanied by a Rolling Plan for ICT standardisation.
The preliminary analysis of product groups and horizontal initiatives as well as complementary analyses and recommendations have been published in advance of the stakeholder meeting on 26 March. Among the product groups relevant to Eurovent are swimming pool heaters and smart sensors that could become subject to Ecodesign measures. Air curtains are not selected. More important are the horizontal issues that could face all manufacturers: lightweight design, recycled content, ecological profile, durability, scarce and critical raw materials, firmware and software.
The Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) is a key part of the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), one of the main flagships of the European Green Deal, and a pillar of the New Industrial Strategy for Europe. Through the public consultation, the Commission is gathering opinions from the public and relevant stakeholders on the main policy options for a Sustainable Products Directive that might be published still before the end of 2021.
The minutes of the launch meeting of professional refrigeration regulation review have been published on the project website. The second and final meeting with stakeholders is scheduled for October 2021, to be followed by a Consultation Forum indicatively in March 2022. This may possibly lead to a revised regulation by the end of 2022.
The preparatory study on the revision of the Ventilation Units Regulations took place from March 2019 until September 2020. Meanwhile, the working documents with the draft texts of the regulations have become available. These will be discussed in the Consultation Forum meeting scheduled for 30 March 2021.
On 9 February 2021, the second EEPLIANT 3 Advisory Committee meeting took place, with about 50 participants. It followed the first meeting that took place on 12 December 2019 and informed stakeholders on the progress of the different Work Packages, including those for air conditioning, water heaters and residential ventilation units.