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.

Commission adopted acts open for feedback until 10 September 2021

Both acts have been released within the context of the Fit for 55 package to deliver the Green Deal and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 55% in 2030 on the path towards the 2050 climate neutrality ambitions. Both acts and their supporting documents are now open for feedback until 10 September.

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.

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.

European Commission Communication published

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2020 - Renovation Wave Strategy
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This Communication outlines the European Commission’s aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. Besides improving the quality of life for people, the strategy will reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalisation and improve the reuse and recycling of materials.

Under the European Green Deal, the Commission has committed to stronger action on climate change and will assess how the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions could responsibly be reduced by at least 50% to 55% by 2030. This review will assess how far the EU renewable energy rules (Directive 2018/2001/EU) can contribute to a higher EU climate ambition. Feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment is open until 21 September 2020.

Bulletin provides comprehensive overview on all European legislative developments for members

In cooperation with Orgalim, the Eurovent Team regularly provides you with an in-depth overview on all European legislative developments of relevance for the HVACR sector. The Bulletin provides for a hands-on compendium allowing the industry to assess the status quo and expected future developments. In addition to recent sector specific issues, our Team has summarised some of the key takeaways within this article.

EU to unlock the potential of the heat pump sector in decarbonising the energy system

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2020 - EU Strategy for Energy System Integration
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On 8 July 2020, the European Commission published its EU Strategy for Energy System Integration. The Strategy identifies heat pumps as one the key technologies for achieving its aims. In 2021, the European Commission will review the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Taxation Directive, and consider the extension of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) to new sectors in order to boost the deployment of heat pumps and district heating and cooling systems.

Taxonomy Regulation recognises potential of HVACR sector to contribute to climate change mitigation

Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (the so-called Taxonomy Regulation) was officially published. The aim of the Taxonomy Regulation is to boost investment in green projects by setting common definitions across the EU for what investments may be considered ‘green’. Select projects in the HVACR and building sectors will qualify if they meet the technical screening criteria, which are to be defined in delegated acts.

European Commission presents proposal for long-term EU budget and recovery fund

The European Commission has presented its recovery plan for Europe, which would bring the total financial firepower of the EU budget for 2021-2027 to 1,85 trillion EUR. The funds would be invested in recovery and resilience and aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal, including in the building and energy sectors.

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