In order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of Eurovent members and partners during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide for certainty regarding planned meetings, it has been decided to continue hosting all Eurovent meetings virtually until the end of the calendar year. Further updates will be communicated to members in due time.
The minutes of the first stakeholder online meeting on the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2020-2024 held on 10 July have been published on the project website together with ICT Impact Study in August. At the request of the Commission DG JUST, the project website also announces very detailed questionnaires regarding green transition.
The Commission has initiated a revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive so that it may support the objectives of the European Green Deal and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Feedback can be provided until 21 September 2020.
Under the European Green Deal, the Commission has committed to stronger action on climate change and will assess how the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions could responsibly be reduced by at least 50% to 55% by 2030. This review will assess how far the EU renewable energy rules (Directive 2018/2001/EU) can contribute to a higher EU climate ambition. Feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment is open until 21 September 2020.
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has published a guidebook outlining the history and past developments leading to todays’ policies together with an outlook on future developments. It represents a valuable introduction to those acquainted and not acquainted with building policies.
Eurostat, the statistical office for the EU, produces European statistics in partnership with National Statistical Institutes and other national authorities in the EU Member States. Recently, statistics accounting for impact of the COVID-19 outbreak have been added.
The first Blue Guide was issued in 2000. It provides for a better understanding of EU product rules and aims to support a uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the single market. Even though the Blue Guide is a non-binding document, it is very often referred to for guidance by Member States, the Commission and stakeholders. The update takes into account the legislative developments since its 2016 edition.
In order to help manufacturers gain certainty, Eurovent Market Intelligence (EMI) will publish a report analysing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European HVACR industry at the end of September. The report will include results of a recently launched EMI survey targeting HVACR product manufacturers. The survey runs until 11 September 2020. Interested manufacturers are encouraged to participate.
The UK Department for International Trade has issued anew a message regarding the new UK import tariffs and trading rules, which will take effect in January 2021. The new UK Global Tariff will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff. These tariffs will be applied if there is no free trade agreement between the UK and the EU by 31 December.
Eurovent has partnered up with ATMOsphere / shecco to participate in the first Global Virtual Trade Show of its kind on 1 September 2020. Eurovent has become an official partner of the event and will be present with its own virtual booth. Attendance is free of charge.