Eurovent Commission

Introduction to the establishment of the European Climate Policy Framework

Ms Charlotte van de Water, Expert Energy & Climate for Buildings in Eurovent Belgian Member Association Agoria, regularly updates the members of Agoria explaining the links between the European and national policies. Her most recent update looks at how European Climate Policy Framework and budgets are now impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The members are strongly recommended to read this introduction as it provides for a background to the ongoing evolutions at European level, which are often forgotten when dealing with specific directives, regulations or implementing and delegated acts.

The UK is looking how to integrate, and ambitiously improve the requirements relating to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. Consultations run until 4 September. The UK has also updated its information campaign relating to the end of the transition period, including information for businesses on importing and exporting.

Bulletin provides comprehensive overview on all European legislative developments for members

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.

European Commission issues revised notice to stakeholders

The European Commission has issued a revised readiness notice on F-Gases. Businesses are strongly advised to double-check their readiness with regards to quota allocations, reporting obligations, verification, representatives, and certified persons under the F-Gas Regulation.

Communication on getting ready for changes at the end of the transition period

The European Commission has issued a communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the EU and the UK. Manufacturers are strongly advised to double-check their readiness, notably with regards to customs, VAT, product requirements and conformity marking.

EU to unlock the potential of the heat pump sector in decarbonising the energy system

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2020 - EU Strategy for Energy System Integration
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On 8 July 2020, the European Commission published its EU Strategy for Energy System Integration. The Strategy identifies heat pumps as one the key technologies for achieving its aims. In 2021, the European Commission will review the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Taxation Directive, and consider the extension of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) to new sectors in order to boost the deployment of heat pumps and district heating and cooling systems.

Five European states invite evidence and information on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 31 July 2020

National authorities of five countries (Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) invite interested parties to send in evidence and information on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The call for evidence request includes producers, suppliers and distributors. The survey is very broad, covering a wide range of substances and polymers, with the deadline on 31 July 2020.

Feedback period 23 June to 1 September 2020

The General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) protects consumers by ensuring that only safe goods are sold on the EU market. The European Commission is preparing a review of the GPSD that may result in a proposal for revision by the second quarter of 2021. Feedback on the roadmap evaluation is open until 1 September 2020. The public consultation questionnaire runs in parallel until 6 October 2020.

Preparatory study draft reports for Tasks 2 and 3 published on the study website

The consortium in charge of the preparatory study for the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2020-2024 has published draft reports for Task 2 and Task 3 ahead of the stakeholder meeting scheduled for 10 July 2020. The reports deal with the identification and preliminary analysis of product groups and horizontal measures to be considered for inclusion in the Working Plan. Air curtains were included in Task 3. In terms of horizontal measures, circular economy aspects were included.

Taxonomy Regulation recognises potential of HVACR sector to contribute to climate change mitigation

Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (the so-called Taxonomy Regulation) was officially published. The aim of the Taxonomy Regulation is to boost investment in green projects by setting common definitions across the EU for what investments may be considered ‘green’. Select projects in the HVACR and building sectors will qualify if they meet the technical screening criteria, which are to be defined in delegated acts.