Eurovent and REHVA call on all relevant authorities in the EU and globally to recognise the manufacturing, distribution, installation, maintenance and repair of HVACR equipment as essential business activities and therefore exempt them from COVID-19 shutdown orders and travel restrictions. HVACR equipment supports critical infrastructure in the healthcare, food cold chain, data centre and building sectors notably. Prolonged shutdown of HVACR manufacturing activities might have severe consequences during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monthly overview for members on recent developments

On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.

Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment for public consultation until 29 April 2020

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The Commission has published 4-page roadmaps for the public at large and the stakeholders to provide input. This input will be taken into account for development and fine tuning of the revised Ecodesign Ventilation Units and Energy Labelling Ventilation Units Regulations.

The intention is to have it available by September/October 2020

The Commission has signed the contract with a consortium composed of Viegand Maagøe, VHK and Öko Recherche. Even though the contract runs for nine months until November, it is the intention to have it available preferably by September. In the coming days, a list of stakeholders that would be consulted will be established by the Commission and consortium.

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The staff document on data servers covers the routes to procure data centres and includes a set of environmental criteria covering the whole life cycle from design and use, to end-of-life. The document on food and catering is of a more general nature. This is accompanied by a guide to calculate the Life Cycle Cost of vending appliances, including refrigerated vending machines.

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

On behalf of the European Commission (DG CLIMA), Oeko-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 Q4/2019 report has been recently shared with Eurovent.

Papers on availability of HFCs and alternatives for split air conditioning available for comments

During the fourth F-Gas Consultation Forum, scheduled for 25 March 2020, the consultants appointed by the Commission were to make presentations and have a discussion with the stakeholders. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, stakeholders are now requested to comment on the available presentations by 20 April.

Eurovent Associate Member responds to the coronavirus outbreak

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2020 - REHVA COVID-19 Guidance
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In response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Eurovent Associate Member REHVA has developed a guidance document and collected a bibliography, complemented by a dedicated website to guide the industry in relation to the virus outbreak.

United Kingdom guidance notes updated

The guidance notes from the EU are still those published in 2019. Meanwhile, the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU started in February. The United Kingdom has meanwhile withdrawn some of its guidance notes and replaced these with updates referring the documents released by the EU.

Monthly overview for members on recent developments

On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.

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