Update on international developments

In the last week of October, the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA) hosted the 2018 Annual meeting of the International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers Associations (ICARHMA) – of which Eurovent is a founding member. This years’ meeting proved to be very interesting with an outlook of possible future and disruptive issues. 

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a new package of measures with the goal of providing the stable legislative framework needed to facilitate the clean energy transition and towards the creation of the Energy Union. Some of the measures are now nearing their publication, including the revision of a few revised directives.

Development towards coordinated global actions

Following earlier meetings with ASHRAE, Eurovent was invited to the AASA (ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance) meetings on 22 and 23 April 2018. The goal of the meeting was to investigate if an HVAC&R Global Alliance should be established. The meeting also included a most useful overview of UN actions in the field of HVACR.

The white paper details a total of five uncertainties that can occur during the measurement process. In addition to errors in measuring instruments, it looks at both uncertainties in the reproducibility of tests in different laboratories and in the manufacture of compressors. Moreover, the document also highlights the uncertainties in performance prognosis as well as the difference between nominal and test conditions.

The American association’s final report assesses ’Benchmarking Risk by Whole Room Scale Leaks and Ignitions Testing of A2L Refrigerants’

The ongoing global effort to phase down the use of high-GWP potential refrigerants requires an effective, and evidence-based research on the on the A2L refrigerants which have been identified as potential replacement for refrigerants currently used in HVAC and refrigeration systems. In June 2017, AHRI has published its report ‘Benchmarking Risk by Whole Room Scale Leaks and Ignitions Testing of A2L Refrigerants’. Within this 365-page report, AHRI has assessed several A2L refrigerants. The report would be instrumental in updating the relevant national codes and safety standards so that appropriate, climate-friendly alternatives can be safely used in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

Felix Van Eyken focussed on the ‘past, present and future’ of European HVACR

Shanghai, 12 April 2017. As the first-ever association from Europe, Eurovent has received the honour to give a keynote presentation at the renowned CR 2017 Forum during the Opening Reception of the China Refrigeration Expo in Shanghai. In a well-received speech, Eurovent Secretary General Felix Van Eyken has elaborated on the ‘past, present and future’ of HVACR legislation technologies in Europe, with a focus on the heating sector and heat pumps.

The European Commission services together with stakeholders have recently produced guidelines to assist in the smooth and level application of the Directive 2014/35/EU. The Directive became applicable on 20 April 2016. The guidelines explain in an easy and understandable way the elements of the Directive.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) drafts and publishes HVACR Industry Guidelines that in addition to standards are used within America. These guidelines provide valuable information for a number of products and topics and can be downloaded free of charge.

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