Staying up-to-date with legislation and standards is essential for manufacturers. Being able to participate in shaping these developments increasingly marks a competitive advantage.

Eurovent not only provides you with all important information at the right time through our newsletters and activities, but also gives you the opportunity to influence standards and legislation on a national, European Union and international level within a truly democratic decision-making structure.

On a technical level, this is taking place within Eurovent’s Issue Groups and Product Groups. As a member of Eurovent, any representative of your organisation can participate in these activities.




Product Groups

Product Groups have always been at the core of the Eurovent association. Manufacturers within these Groups…

  • Actively participate in the development of European and international legislation, communicating and defending industry positions vis-à-vis political decision-makers and consultants.
  • Join forces to develop ‘codes of good practice’ for the industry (known as ‘Eurovent Recommendations’), which later find their ways into standards and legislations. Throughout the past decades, our members have developed more than 100 Eurovent Recommendations – and counting.
  • Share their expertise across borders, contributing to a true level-playing field towards markets with less barriers.
  • Meet up with their colleagues from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa to elaborate on developments within their markets.



Scope

Product Groups are only open to manufacturers of the respective products (e.g. in our Product Group ‘Evaporative Cooling Equipment’, only manufacturers that produce this type of equipment can participate). OEMs can be invited to participate, but do not receive any voting rights. National associations can always participate, but do not possess any voting rights unless they receive proxy votes from manufacturers they represent.




Decision-making

At Eurovent, we highly value fair and transparent democratic decision-making procedures. Accordingly, the following rules apply within Product Groups:

  • Each participating manufacturer receives one vote, independent from the size of its organisation.
  • Decisions can be taken independently by the Product Group with a two-third majority.
  • Manufacturers within Product Groups can independently issue Position Papers under the Group name (e.g. Position Paper of the Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Conditioning’). For a full-scale ‘Eurovent Position Paper’, the Eurovent Commission needs to approve the Position Paper within a maximum of ten working days.



Product Groups and their coverage

Indoor Climate Technologies

Ventilation & Air Quality
Head of Unit: Morten Schmelzer

Name of Product Group

Short code

Scope

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Group manager(s)

‘European Fan Technology’

PG-FANS

Fans (components), Industrial Fans, Fan Units, Dryers

Dario Brivio (Nicotra Gebhardt, Italy)

Uwe Sigloch (ebm-papst, Germany)

Morten Schmelzer

‘Energy Recovery Components’

PG-ERC

Rotary HE, Plate HE, Run Around Coils, Heat Pipes

Timo Schreck (Enventus, Sweden)

Peter Müller (Polybloc, Switzerland)

Morten Schmelzer

‘Air Handling Units’

PG-AHU

Air Handling Units

Kees van Haperen (Rosenberg, Netherlands)

Gunnar Berg (Swegon, Sweden)

Morten Schmelzer, Sylvain Courtey

‘European Air Curtains’

PG-CUR

Air Curtains

Ola Wallander (Frico, Sweden)

Nick Moumoutzis (Olefini, Greece)

Francesco Scuderi

‘Air Filters’

PG-FIL

Air Filters, Air Purifiers, Air Pollutions Control Equipment, Dust Collectors

Jan Andersson (Camfil, Sweden)

Thomas Caesar (Freudenberg, Germany)

Morten Schmelzer

‘Residential Air Handling Units’

PG-RAHU

Residential Air Handling Units

 

 

Igor Sikończyk


Heating and Cooling
Head of Unit: Francesco Scuderi

Name of Product Group

Short code

Scope

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Group manager(s)

‘Air Conditioners and VRF systems’

 

PG-AC

Air conditioners and VRF Systems

Jan Cluyse (Daikin, Belgium)

 

Francesco Scuderi

‘Liquid Chilling Packages and Heat Pumps’

 

PG-LCP-HP

Liquid Chilling Packages and Heat Pumps

Raphael Berzosa (Trane, France)

 

Francesco Scuderi

‘Fan Coil Units’

 

PG-FCU

Fan Coil Units

Stefan Kuhlich (GEA, Germany)

 

Francesco Scuderi

 
Process Cooling and Food Cold Chain Technologies

Process Cooling
Head of Unit: Francesco Scuderi

Name of Product Group

Short code

Scope

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Group manager(s)

‘Evaporative Cooling Equipment’

PG-CT

Closed-circuit and open cooling towers, evaporative condensers, drift eliminators

Laurent Petiot (JACIR, France)

Patrick Heremans (Baltimore Aircoil Company, Belgium)

Georg Mager, Morten Schmelzer

‘Dry and Adiabatic Coolers’

PG-DRY

Dry and adiabatic coolers

 

 

Morten Schmelzer


Food Cold Chain
Head of unit: Felix Van Eyken

Name of Product Group

Short code

Scope

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Group manager(s)

‘Commercial Refrigeration Equipment’

PG-RDC

Beverage Coolers, Cold Rooms, Ice-Cream Freezers, Refrigerated Display Cabinets

Pierluigi Schiesaro (ARNEG, Italy)

 

Felix Van Eyken, Francesco Scuderi

 




Setup of new Product Groups

In case your product area is not yet covered by any of our Product Groups, each manufacturer and member association has the right to request the setup of a new Product Group. Please do not hesitate to contact our Team for further information.




Issue Groups (EU-legislation focussed)

European Union regulations or directives tend to not only regulate one particular product area, but several ones. As EU decision-makers appreciate an industry-wide position, and as Eurovent wants to avoid conflicting positions within Product Groups, wide-ranging issues (e.g. EU regulations) can be covered within Eurovent ‘Issue Groups’.

Organisations within these Groups…

  • Actively participate in the development of implementing measures of the EU Ecodesign Directive, which are commonly referred to as Lots within the European Commission system (e.g. ENER Lot 11 covers EU regulations on ‘Ventilation Fans’), or horizontal issues (e.g. refrigerants, indoor air quality).
  • Provide political decision-makers with information necessary to draft legislations that match industrial realities. 
  • Share their expertise across borders, contributing to a true level-playing field towards markets with less barriers.
  • Meet up with their colleagues that are also affected by an issue from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa to elaborate on developments within their markets.



Scope

Issue Groups are open to all manufacturers and associations within the Eurovent network that register and contribute to its financing. This also includes Associate Members (organisations that are engaged in activities related to the sectors Eurovent covers), as often specific expertise from areas such as the building (e.g. through REHVA) or refrigerant (e.g. through eurammon) sector becomes necessary.




Decision-making

Following our core values, democratic decision-making is key. Accordingly, the following rules apply within Issue Groups:

  • Each participating organisation receives one vote, independent from the size of its organisation.
  • Decisions can be taken independently by the Group with a simple majority.
  • Issue Groups can independently issue Position Papers carrying the title ‘Eurovent Position Paper’. No further approval by the Eurovent Commission is mandatory as Issue Groups are not limited to a certain product area.



Characteristics

Other than Product Groups, Issue Groups are…

  • Fully project-based with a specialised Project Manager that invests a significant amount of time in working for the Issue Group and its participants.
  • Set-up ad-hoc with a clear start/end date and concrete deliverables. This is due to the fact that, for example, Ecodesign measures (e.g. EU Regulation 327/2011) are not being developed or revised all the time.
  • Self-funding through participation fees.



Project Manager

Issue Groups are being managed by a dedicated ‘Project Manager’, who is reporting to the Eurovent Secretariat in Brussels.




Issue Groups and their coverage

Name of Issue Group

Short code

Scope / Legislation covered

Commences

Project Manager

‘Ventilation Fans’

IG-ENER11

Ecodesign Regulation 327/2011

2018

Morten Schmelzer

‘Room air conditioning appliances, local air coolers and comfort fans’

IG-ENER10

Ecodesign Regulation 206/2012, Labelling Regulation 626/2011

2016

Francesco Scuderi

‘Space and combination heaters’

IG-ENER1

Ecodesign Regulation 813/2013, Labelling Regulation 811/2013

 

Felix Van Eyken

‘Residential Ventilation’

IG-ENTR6

Ecodesign Regulation 1253/2014, Labelling Regulation 1254/2014

2017

Morten Schmelzer, Igor Sikończyk

‘Refrigerating and freezing equipment’

IG-ENTR1

Ecodesign Regulation 2015/1095, Labelling Regulation 2015/1094

2018

Francesco Scuderi

‘Commercial refrigerators and freezers’

IG-ENER12

in development

ongoing

Francesco Scuderi

‘Central heating products using hot air to distribute heat’

IG-ENER21

 

 

Felix Van Eyken

 

Horizontal legislation

The following legislations are not directly covered by Issue Groups:

  • Ecodesign Directive 2009/125
  • Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30
  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (in cooperation with REHVA)
  • F-Gas Regulation (in cooperation with eurammon)

As these laws tend to be of a much broader nature, they are being dealt with in the Eurovent Commission, which is our supervisory body consisting of national association representatives and the Chairmen of Product Groups.




Setup of new Issue Groups

Every member has the right to request the setup of a new Issue Group. Please do not hesitate to contact our Team for further information.