The European Commission has launched a new database on the EU's building stock to monitor the energy performance of buildings across Europe. This Observatory has been designed to speed-up the EU's clean energy transition and will be accompanied by the proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings.

On 30 November 2016, the Commission adopted the this package that includes a set of proposals that will be discussed in the Council and European Parliament in the coming months. The Regulation on air heating products, cooling products, high temperature process chillers and fan coil (ENER lot 21) has been adopted and can be expected to be published soon.

The European Union has produced an overview of support activities and projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the heating & cooling sector. Between 2011 and 2016 a total of 166 million Euro of EU funding has been allocated to research, demonstration and market uptake of energy efficient, low carbon and renewable heating and cooling solutions

Technical assistance study for the assessment of the feasibility of using a “points system" methodology in the implementation of Ecodesign Directive complex products and/ or product systems

This study is carried out for DG GROW and should be finished by February 2017. The outcome of the study may become a point systems methodology that could be applied to products (and systems) that can carry out different functions.

The European Commission services together with stakeholders have recently produced guidelines to assist in the smooth and level application of the Directive 2014/35/EU. The Directive became applicable on 20 April 2016. The guidelines explain in an easy and understandable way the elements of the Directive.

The INTAS aims to support Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) to deliver compliance for large products; large industrial fans (10 kW to 500 kW) and transformers and to provide industry tools to show is complying with Ecodesign legislation.

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 Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) drafts and publishes HVACR Industry Guidelines that in addition to standards are used within America. These guidelines provide valuable information for a number of products and topics and can be downloaded free of charge.

Eurovent 4/21 (2016) enables transition towards ISO 16890 classification and testing methods

Brussels, 14 November 2016. The Eurovent association has released the second edition of its widely applied code of good practice Eurovent 4/21. The latter defines the energy efficiency evaluation of air filters for general ventilation purposes. As a first of its kind, Eurovent 4/21 (2016) implements classification and testing methods of the new EN ISO 16890. The first edition of Eurovent 4/21 (2014), which relates to the long-established EN 779 standard, will remain valid until 31 December 2017 in order to allow for a sufficient transition time towards the new ISO standard.

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) secretariat seeks to receive feedback from industry and academia to improve the Framework for two product groups, one being air conditioners. Once approved, this framework becomes binding for all countries, and can be transferred to the recent Paris Agreement Art. 6.2 and Art.6.4.

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