EPEE celebrates World Refrigeration Day highlighting cooling & refrigeration’s critical role for the quality of modern life
Brussels, 26 June 2019:
On the occasion of the World Refrigeration Day, Andrea Voigt, EPEE’s Director General, took the opportunity to highlight the importance of harnessing the critical role heating, cooling and refrigeration play in our daily lives during a webinar organised by UNEP and ASHRAE on the topic of “Refrigerants for Life: How Refrigerants Affect Modern Life”.
Cooling is an intrinsic part of life, with demand only set to rise. A. Voigt highlighted that Europeans spend 90% of their time indoors and 80% of Europeans will live in urban areas by 2050. Therefore, heating, cooling and refrigeration will become critical to ensure citizens enjoy healthy, productive and comfortable living & working spaces as well as fresh & safe food and best in class healthcare.
A. Voigt explained that these are some of the reasons why the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) market will grow significantly in the coming decades which implies market opportunity for the industry but also a huge responsibility. “There are many top of the line, sustainable technologies readily available to help ensure that we can continue to count on cooling for a modern, healthy and urban lifestyle. It is key to unlock the potential of sustainable cooling to mitigate emissions while advancing climate action.”
As many stakeholders celebrate the World Refrigeration Day today, EPEE wishes to take this opportunity to remind national governments and EU decision makers of its recommendations to Member States on their National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPS). With the European Commission recently publishing its assessment of these plans, it is important to highlight that they fail to address the potential of HVAC-R in their strategies despite the sector’s ability to help Member States and the EU deliver on their climate and energy goals. EPEE’s recommendations include the need to:
- Tap into the full potential of technical building systems
- Ensure stronger and more effective market surveillance
- Enforce the EU F-Gas Regulation effectively
- Harness the development of smart appliances for electricity market flexibility
- Promote the concept of thermal energy recovery
EPEE continues to inform, communicate and collaborate with national governments and European decision makers to provide regulatory certainty to the industry and ensure the HVAC-R sector contributes to improving the quality of modern life.
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The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the interests of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 48 member companies, national and international associations from Europe, the USA and Asia, employing more than 200,000 people in Europe and realising a turnover of over 30 billion Euro.