At the end of 2015 the Commission published its Circular Economy Package. For products the aim is to The aim is to go beyond the end-of-life stage of products to preserve scare resources and to reduce environmental impacts. In addition to energy efficiency Ecodesign implementing measures would also look at reparability, durability and recyclability of products. This should result in bringing “greener” products to the market.
This Commission Communication was published on 16 February 2016 and addresses the energy savings to be obtained by heating and cooling rather than electricity and focusses on the energy savings potential in buildings using automation and controls and reusing waste heat and cold from industrial processes.
The standards developed by CEN TC 247 "Building Automation, Controls and Building Management" aim international harmonization of the methodology for the assessment of the energy performance of buildings, also known as “EPB set of standards” support the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EC.
At the end of 2015 this study carried out by VHK (René Kemna and Leo Wierda) on behalf of DG Energy became available. It reports on the impacts of Ecodesign, Energy Labelling, Energy Star and Tyre Labelling measures, including projections for the period 2010-2050.
The application of the 2015/1535/EU (previously Directive 98/34/EC Directive) has also been extended to new standardisation work undertaken by National Standard Bodies (AENOR, AFNOR, DIN, UNI…) at national level. These notifications are registered centrally by the CEN Management Centre and a "Monthly Notifications Register" is circulated in English to the CEN Members and the European Commission. The National Standard Body generally provides the relevant associations with a copy of these updates.
The 9th international conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’16) takes place in Frankfurt (Germany) from 16 to 18 March 2016, during the Light+Building trade fair. Compared to previous years more interest is shown in energy efficiency in various types of commercial buildings beyond the lighting aspects.
The amendments relate to Regulations relevant to the industries within Eurovent: 626/2012 Air conditioning, 811/2013 Space heaters, 812/2013 Water heaters, 1254/2014 Residential ventilation units, 2015/1094 Professional refrigerated storage cabinets.