In the Autumn of last year, DG Energy launched a 2-year Ecodesign Preparatory Study on Smart Appliances which will provide an analysis of technical, economic, environmental, market and societal aspects that are relevant for a broad market introduction of smart appliances. The study is carried out by a consortium led by VITO in cooperation with Viegand & Maagoe ApS, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, MINES-ParisTech and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH.
The opportunity to discuss with European and national policy makers, representatives from industry, businesses and consumers' representative bodies, professional organisations, NGOs, local and national authorities, academia, research institutions and relevant international organisations, on the issues faced by the heating and cooling sector, the largest end-energy use accounting for half of the EU's energy consumption ahead of electricity and mobility, with the participation of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and of Dominique Ristori, EC Director-General for Energy.
Because some of the members also produce gas fired equipment, we provided in May 2014 the European Commission proposals to replace the Gas Appliances Directive with a directly applicable Regulation (see GEN 471.00).
With GEN 559 we informed you about the development of EU GPP criteria for Office Buildings. We communicate that theconsultation on revised technical background report and criteria proposals will run until 27 February 2015.
The background to the creation of GPP for buildings can be traced to an Ecobuilding project financed by DG Environment of the early 2000s. With time the scope of buildings was narrowed down to office buildings of public administrations (2011). The December 2014 GGP draft criteria are wider and would apply to all office buildings of ownership.
According to the current ‘EU Fan Regulation’ in place, a cooling tower is defined as a fan system as multiple critical parts of the fan system are the evaporative cooling tower itself. In this respect, cooling tower manufacturers within the Eurovent network proposed to amend one Regulation paragraph in order to exempt cooling towers from the requirements outlined for fans in the revised EU Fan Regulation.
Market surveillance is vital to functioning of the Single Market and helps to protect responsible businesses from unfair competition by unscrupulous economic operators who ignore the rules or cut corners. A lot of EU legislation has an article dealing introducing market surveillance, for example implementing measures under Ecodesign.
The application of the 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.
We expect that most member associations are aware of the initiative of the International Institute for Refrigeration to organise a students’ competition in 2015 on the theme “Refrigeration For The Sustainable Cold Chain And Food Safety”.