As announced in GEN – 1059.00, the revised Electric Motors and Variable Speed Drives Regulation has been published on the announced date of 25 October 2019, as Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 of 1 October 2019, laying down Ecodesign requirements for electric motors and variable speed drives pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Regulation (EC) No 641/2009 with regard to Ecodesign requirements for glandless standalone circulators and glandless circulators integrated in products and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 640/2009.

On 10 October 2019 the Commission DG GROW issue the tender to prepare for the fourth Working Plan. Formally it is the first Working Plan that combines Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. It is the intention to select the consultant/consortium relatively quick. Nine n months are given to carry out the study, so that before the end of 2020 the Working Plan will be available.

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.

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission has announced in a press release that it has adopted 10 Ecodesign implementing Regulations. The 10 measures include the revised electric motors and variable speed drives regulation, and the refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function implementing regulations. For the refrigerators with a direct sales function implementing regulations, the implementing measure regarding energy labelling has also been adopted. 

European ‘Ecodesign’ is not the same as Chinese ‘Green Products’

Within the context of the EU-China Industrial Policy Dialogue, a 15-month cooperation project on Ecodesign has been set up. The project aims to get a better understanding of the European and Chinese views and is supported by a common EU-China website.

Preparatory study launched after last years’ scoping study

In October 2018, the ‘scoping study’ regarding BACS ended. It resulted in identifying BACS as a candidate for a full Ecodesign preparatory study that may result in a Regulation. The ‘preparatory study’ started in July 2019. Together with Ms Charlotte van de Water, Expert Energy & Climate for Buildings of the member association Agoria, we have summarised the outcome of the scoping study and outlined the challenges for BACS and products that integrate control.

Input from the industry requested after the first meeting on 4 September

On 30 August 2019 Eurovent was invited to attend the kick-off meeting on 4 September. Due to the tight deadline it was not possible for Eurovent to be present. The EEPLIANT meetings are open for the participating Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs)that for specific meetings invite stakeholders. The minutes of the first meeting on RVU will be shared with Eurovent and the consortium is looking for input from industry by 30 October.

Can't see the forest for the trees in the European Product Register Energy Labelling?

Within Agoria, Member Association of Eurovent, its Expert Energy & Climate for Buildings, Ms Charlotte van de Water, has drafted an introduction and overview on EPREL to guide manufacturers. Her document is concise and provides in simple terms the basic know-how for manufacturers. Within Eurovent, the manufacturers of air conditioners, space and water heater (including heat pumps), local space heaters, professional refrigeration equipment, residential ventilation units and, when the Regulation is published refrigerated display cabinets have to register their products in EPREL.

Next edition of Europe’s HVACR flagship event to take place in Antalya, Turkey

Representatives of ISKID (Turkey’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers’ Association) and Eurovent signed an agreement to jointly organise the 2020 EUROVENTSUMMIT. They announced that the next edition of Europe’s major gathering for Indoor Climate (HVAC), Process Cooling, and Food Cold Chain Technologies will take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 22 to 25 September 2020.

The Commission has sent out the invitations and supporting documents for the Consultation Forum meetings that were originally planned for July. They will now take place just after the summer holidays: 9 September (Air conditioners and comfort fans) and 10 September (Local space heaters including the combined labelling with air conditioners).

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