Fluorinated greenhouse gases are used in particular in refrigeration and air conditioning. Emissions from such gases contribute to climate change. In 2014, the EU made new strict rules that will reduce EU emissions significantly. In the light of the European Green Deal and Climate Law, recent international obligations under the Montreal Protocol, technical progress and lessons learned during the implementation, the European Commission is now preparing a review of the F-Gas Regulation that may result in a proposal for revision by the end of 2021.
Many authorities and associations are publishing guidance documents on how to operate and maintain HVAC systems considering the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidance documents are updated at irregular intervals. An analysis of a selection of these guidance documents shows inconsistencies between them, but also a common core of recommendations: to increase ventilation rates, extend operating times, and limit recirculation.
After two events outside Europe (2017 USA, 2019 China), the 11th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) conference returns to Europe in 2021. In 2021, EEDAL will be organised jointly with the International Symposium on Science and Technology of Lighting and will take place from 8 to 10 November in Toulouse, France.
The preparation of the delegated acts that will establish the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) scheme under Article 8(10) of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) started in November 2019. The two acts are now open for feedback – one on the definition and calculation methodology and the second on its implementation. The adoption of an SRI by the Member States is optional.
Together with other European industry associations, Eurovent has prepared a joint Manifesto, with the objective to collectively promote healthy buildings with an adequate level of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), and to safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens. The Manifesto is a result of joint work of the IEQ Gathering that brings together eight European industry associations, representing organisations involved in technical building systems and their maintenance.
In cooperation with Orgalim, the Eurovent Team regularly provides you with an in-depth overview on all European legislative developments of relevance for the HVACR sector. The Bulletin provides for a hands-on compendium allowing the industry to assess the status quo and expected future developments. In addition to recent sector specific issues, our Team has summarised some of the key takeaways within this article.
Eurovent is launching a new Product Group ‘Rooftop Units’ (PG-RT) at the request of members active in this product field. In the near term, the PG-RT will focus on the revision of Regulation (EU) 2016/2281, which is supposed to start by the end of 2020, and the assessment of the rooftop unit sector and its technologies.
eTranslation is developed by the European Commission and is widely used and trusted by European and national public administrations. SMEs can now use eTranslation to translate any document or plain text between any of the 24 official EU languages, as well as Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian.
Following the meeting of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on Friday, 12 June 2020, the United Kingdom has formally notified the European Union that it will neither accept nor seek any extension to the current Transition Period ending on 31 December 2020.
In May 2020, the European Commission published a Roadmap towards a Renovation Wave. The Roadmap received input from 187 bodies, including Eurovent Association, Eurovent Certita Certification and one Member Association (Talteka). Up to 9 July 2020, the Commission is hosting a public consultation to define its strategy and propose an action plan. Participation to the consultation will help in shaping the future renovation markets.