Stijn Renneboog has joined the Eurovent Association as Strategic Relations Manager

Morten Schmelzer, Executive Director of Eurovent, leaves the association effective as of 1 June 2019 after 6 successful years of serving Europe’s HVACR industry. He is going to join a member company while further developing his own IT business. Stijn Renneboog, who has recently joined the organisation, and Andrea Gasparova are going to take over the majority of Morten’s tasks.

Naci Sahin elected as President for a second term, new membership structure adopted

Braga, Portugal, 24 May 2019. During their 62nd Annual Meeting hosted by EFRIARC (Portuguese association of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers), the Eurovent members have elected Naci Sahin (FRITERM, Turkey) for a second term as President of Europe’s Industry Association for Indoor Climate (HVAC), Process Cooling, and Food Cold Chain Technologies. The General Assembly has furthermore adopted a new membership structure, which shall ensure the long-term sustainability of the Eurovent Association beyond the background of changing boundary conditions.   

Air curtains included in the study, but not considered as local space heaters

The consultant Viegand Maagøe has handed over the final report on 15 May 2019. The file and next steps will now be handled by the Commission. At the request of air curtain manufacturers, air curtains were included and studied by the consultant. It was concluded that they are not used to heat spaces, but to separate the climate between spaces, and, as a result, should not be further considered for the revision of the Regulation.

Review studies Lot 1, 2 and 20 – conformity assessment – testing proposals heat pumps

On 16 May 2019, the consultants published revised minutes of the 26 April 2019 meeting, where the possible options of the Review Study of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Space and Water Heaters were presented. The objective was to receive feedback by 26 May from stakeholders in view of the final review report that will be provided to the Commission. Meanwhile, a separate study on third party conformity assessment of solid fuel fired space heaters and local space heaters was released too.

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.

Illegal imports higher than believed according to EIS study, declaration for 2020 quota to be made between 17 June and 17 July 2019

During the recent F-Gas Roundtable it was assumed that most illegal refrigerants relate to automotive air conditioning. The recent report by the Environmental Investigation Agency EIA shows that, according to customs declarations, the issue of illegal imports in Europe is more widespread than previously estimated.

New version of EPREL available in the PRODUCTION environment

This new version includes fixes to minor issues signalled by suppliers when uploading their product models in the database manually or using system-to-system communication. It also adds some new functionalities and cosmetic changes.

Implementing Regulation on electronic registry published on 25 April 2019

The Regulation 2019/661 provides details for the smooth functioning of the electronic registry for quota. It contains an update regarding refusal, suspension and cancellation of registrations to avoid abuse by beneficial owners that apply for quota.

Update on F-Gas price evolution monitoring by Öko-Recherche

The F-Gas industry roundtable, organised by EPEE, brings together at regular intervals stakeholders to discuss progress in implementing the F-Gas Regulation. About 60 stakeholders attended the roundtable. As usual, the Öko-Recherche report was useful.

Possible review of BREF on Energy Efficiency and Industrial Cooling Systems

Under the IED and the Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control 2008/1/EC (IPPC), a set of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) reference documents, the so-called BREFs, have been developed. The BREF on industrial cooling dates from 2001, the one on energy efficiency from 2009. It is possible that these would be subject to a review.

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