Survey and questionnaire on PFAS until 19 September 2021

Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Norway have introduced a request to consider a restriction on manufacture, placing on the market and use of PFAS. PFAS are substances that are present in various refrigerants.

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 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.

World Refrigeration Day 2021 promotes cool careers for a better world

In the spirit of the 2021 World Refrigeration Day, Eurovent introduces its Cooling Champions. Meet some of the faces from the Eurovent family in a short video that explains why the HVACR industry is cool and why it matters in everyone’s daily life. Follow the Eurovent Cooling Champion video series throughout the summer and join us in celebrating the coolest day of the year.

The Commission DG Energy has commissioned this study that assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of the proposed renewable cooling definition and methodologies for calculating renewable energy quantities and shares from cooling.

The Commission DG Energy has commissioned this study that assesses the policies that would lead to the decarbonisation of the space heating sector. Besides gathering data on the current situation, specific scenarios will be analysed.

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.

German UBA scientific paper with proposals to modify the F-Gas phase down

Just before the F-Gas consultation meeting on 06 May, the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) released a scientific paper that proposes a more ambitious phase-down: 25% in place of 31% in 2024, 15% in place of 24% in 2027 and 10% in place of 21% in 2030 as set out in the F-Gas Regulation 517/2014.

Scenarios modelled by study consultant not considered realistic

The European Commission and Öko-Recherche recently presented the preliminary findings of the F-Gas review study. The study notably models the degree to which F-Gases could be substituted in RACHP equipment until 2050. Eurovent considers the substitution scenarios unrealistic and has expressed scepticism about the modelling assumptions used by the study consultant.

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