The guidance notes from the EU are still those published in 2019. Meanwhile, the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU started in February. The United Kingdom has meanwhile withdrawn some of its guidance notes and replaced these with updates referring the documents released by the EU.
The European Commission has unveiled its new Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the flagship initiatives of the European Green Deal. The Action Plan provides an overview of upcoming policies to reduce resource use and improve the circularity of European value chains. It includes a Sustainable Product Policy Framework, the main aim of which is to widen the Ecodesign Directive beyond energy-related products and include sustainability and circularity principles.
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The association APPLiA raised a concern about the consequences of the legal inconsistencies in the verification procedure found in the Energy Labelling Product Regulations published in December 2019. The European Commission has picked up the issue and hosted a stakeholder meeting on 12 February to look at it. The Commission will first look at the Regulations published in 2019 before addressing Regulations published previously.
The latest Eurostat figures show that the share of renewables in the total energy used for heating and cooling in the EU slightly increased from 20,98% in 2017 to 21,14% in 2018. This continues the long-standing trend since the beginning of the data collection in 2004 when the share was 12%. Renewable energy includes derived heat and heat energy captured by heat pumps, which contributed 27% of all renewables used for heating and cooling in 2018, up from 26% in 2017.
New Eurostat figures show that final energy consumption in the EU reached 990 Mtoe in 2018, an increase of 0,02% compared to 2017. The greatest increases were observed in the energy consumption of buildings. The EU risks missing its binding energy efficiency objective to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020. Current energy savings plans from Member States risk falling short of the 2030 target as well by 6,2 percentage points.
Your feedback matters to us. The Eurovent Team is constantly working on applying your requests and feedback to our actions and communication. Following the recent requests, we have a launched a series of black and white Eurovent Association member logos, which can be applied by members without disturbing their corporate identity. The logos can be used by national Member Associations, Corresponding Members, Associate Members, and Affiliated Manufacturers.
The European Court of Auditors’ recent Special Report ‘EU action on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling’ shows that the EU’s Ecodesign and Energy Labelling measures have contributed to greater energy efficiency. Delays in the legislative process, overestimations of the effects of the policies, and non-compliance by manufacturers and retailers remain problematic.
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.