The European Commission is working on an omnibus amendment to the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations published in 2019. The Draft Act amending several pieces of legislation in this field (only to correct minor technical issues) is open for feedback for 4 weeks. Feedback can be provided until 03 November 2020.
In order to prepare for Brexit, the UK government is inviting manufacturers to acquaint themselves with the campaign ‘Keep Business Moving’. It's dedicated website provides information on the actions EU businesses can take to continue trading smoothly with the UK at the end of the year.
As announced earlier this year, Eurovent Market Intelligence (EMI) has published a report focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European HVACR market. The 93-page study provides a market forecast for 2020-2023 based on product type, country, application and project type. A sample of the report is attached to this article and the full study can be obtained from EMI.
The European Consultations start with a ‘Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment’ followed by a ‘Public consultation’. The Roadmap looks for general comments of the interested persons and stakeholders. The Consultation is the second phase and consists of detailed questionnaires. The industry benefits from responding to these Consultations.
During its meeting on 29 September 2020, the Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Filters’ (PG-FIL) elected Dr. Marc Schmidt (Vice President Technologies Europe, AAF International) as its new Chairman. He is joined by Dr. Thomas Caesar (Director Global Filter Engineering, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies), who was re-elected for his second term as PG-FIL Vice-Chairman.
On behalf of the European Commission (DG CLIMA), Öko-Recherche is working on a series of analysis evaluating the implementation of the F-Gas Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 since 2015. This includes, among others, monitoring of the refrigerant prices. The Q2/2020 report has been recently shared with Eurovent.
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has assessed the 14 available national/regional Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS), The analysis by BPIE concludes that many Member States still do not seem to prioritise action in the building industry.
New version of EPREL (1.32.0) has been released on 29 September in the ACCEPTANCE environment. It succeeds two additional updates since the previously announced update on 21 August 2020. The latest version allows for testing and scheduling of necessary adaptations. In the PRODUCTION environment the version of 7 July is still applicable.
From 29 June to 07 September 2020, the Commission asked for feedback on its inception impact assessment relating to the F-Gas Regulation. On 15 September 2020, this was followed by a public consultation supported by a questionnaire. This consultation runs until 29 December 2020.
The Commission has started a consultation to prepare the revision of the Ecodesign Framework Directive 2009/125/EC. The revision is announced under the sustainable products initiative and is twofold; including elements of the Circular Economy Action Plan to make products sustainable and an extension of the scope beyond energy-related products. The initial input to the roadmap is awaited by 7 November. Further consultation with a detailed questionnaire should be available in October. The objective is to have Commission draft of the revised Ecodesign Directive available at the end of 2021, in view of adoption in 2022 and most likely implementation in 2024 or 2025.