Product Group Residential Air Handling Units

Creation of topical groups by 15 February

The first of three stakeholder consultation meetings is set to take place on 26 March 2019. The consultants envisage to set up topic groups, for which experts can present their candidature by 15 February.

The EMC Directive applies to almost all equipment that contains electrical and/or electronic components. It states that the generation of electromagnetic disturbances of appliances must be limited to such level that other appliances can function in accordance with their intended use. At the end of January 2019, the Commission published the 2018 update of its Guide to the EMC Directive.

Monthly overview for members on recent developments

On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.

Initial programmes available on the Commission website

Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Luxembourg, Poland, Sweden and Norway timely provided their 2019 programmes to the Commission. An initial review of these seven programmes indicates that a few to none surveillance activities with regards to Ecodesign will take place in 2019. Some countries classify their participation in the European programme EEPLIANT as Market Surveillance. Some major countries involving Italy, Spain and the Netherlands even failed to draft a programme in the past years.

Proposal to combine the energy labels open for comments until 8 March 2019

To facilitate the comparison of different technologies with the same application, the consultant for the Review Studies proposes introducing the same Energy Efficiency classes for the appliances in the scope of Regulation (EU) 2015/1186 and Regulation (EU) 626/2011.

Joint industry effort to exempt pre-charged equipment exported out of the EU from the F-Gas Regulation quota

Earlier efforts towards DG Clima and in member states failed to get equipment that is pre-charged with F-Gases out of the quota. In a joint effort, industry associations will try to raise the issue anew.

Consultation on Inception Impact Assessment Roadmap to last until 11 February 2019

The European Commission has started work on updating the Machinery Directive to improve safety levels further and to take account of the latest IT developments. The proposed revision aligns the Directive with EU harmonised legislation on product health and safety and tackles the challenges that may arise from technical progress in digitisation. The adoption of the revised Machinery Directive is scheduled for early to mid-2021.

On 4 January 2019, Eurovent Market Intelligence (EMI) has commenced with its latest annual data collection, which has been providing manufacturers with information on the European HVACR market since 1994. With more than 300 participating manufacturers, 15 product types, and response rates often exceeding 80%, the statistics branch of Eurovent has become the benchmark for HVACR market data.

At the end of 2017, the European Commission issued a standardisation request with the objective to have a European standardisation deliverable on the use of flammable refrigerants, in particular those classified as A3, in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment by November 2020/February 2021.

Possible role of market operators reduced to cooperation in awareness campaigns

The initial draft by the Commission provided for a possible active role for organisations representing businesses. The text that is now discussed in the trialogue meetings (Commission, Council and Parliament) is merely referring to raising awareness and providing advice and guidance in relation to EU harmonisation legislation in the framework of a cooperation between market surveillance authorities and organisations representing businesses.