Industry roundtable – 14 October 2015

14 / 10 / 2015

EPEE hosts lively discussion on Energy Label, Heating & Cooling, and and F-Gas

Participants at the Industry Roundtable, hosted by the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) on 14 October, took part in a lively discussion around some of the key issues concerning Europe’s energy sector including the energy label, heating & cooling, and F-gas.

The event entitled “From HFCs, Heating & Cooling, to Energy Labelling: Europe’s Energy Challenges for 2016 and beyond” brought together representatives from industry, the EU Institutions, Member States, and other stakeholders and provided an informal setting for open debate.

“Today was about coming together to share knowledge and learn how different stakeholders are approaching some crucial energy topics for the heating, cooling, and refrigeration industry,” said EPEE Director General Andrea Voigt.

The event was timed perfectly to enable participants to find out more about the latest EU initiatives in the pipeline with regard to heating and cooling and F-Gas, as well as the progress achieved to date regarding the Energy Label. The event was intended to be fully interactive, and those present were able to put forward their own ideas and suggestions, resulting in lively and informed debate with both national and EU decision-makers.

Jacek Truszczynski, Energy Attaché at the Luxembourg Permanent Representation, began by providing an update on the Council discussions regarding the Commission’s proposal on the Energy Label, adding that an agreement between EU Member States is targeted for the end of 2015. Participants quizzed Mr Truszczynski on a range of issues included rescaling, explaining how the various scenarios would impact them.

Discussions then moved to heating and cooling, with Serena Pontoglio, Policy Advisor at DG Energy, European Commission, outlining where the Commission stood on its forthcoming Strategy and saying it would feed into the revisions of both the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives next year. Participants were encouraged to contribute to this process, and many took the floor to provide their own views on this subject and offered to provide the Commission with some additional facts and figures to feed into the Strategy.

After the coffee break, Andrea Voigt gave an overview of the implementation of the F-Gas Regulation across Europe. During this session the Commission, in the form of DG Climate Action, responded to questions from the floor concerning, amongst others, the forthcoming Implementing Acts on labelling and certification, and also provided some clarity on some specific issues related to the F-Gas Regulation.

To end the Roundtable, Gudi Alkemade, Senior Policy Advisor for climate and ozone layer protection at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, talked about the current efforts to reduce HFCs under the Montreal Protocol and the state of play regarding the discussions.

She ended by calling on EPEE and its members to get more involved and play their part. “Industry could have a role to influence discussions by making available low GWP alternatives, working on standards, providing training on alternatives, and addressing barriers for technology uptake which are linked to intellectual property rights and technology transfer. These actions would help convince parties that a phasedown is feasible,” she said.

Ms Voigt concluded: “EPEE places great importance on its role as a convenor who is ready and willing to facilitate debate and discussions between diverse stakeholders. This roundtable exemplified this approach and ultimately helped forge new links between our industry and decision-makers across Europe.  We look forward to organising similar events in the future.”

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 About EPEE

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 40 member companies, national and international associations.

EPEE member companies realize a turnover of over 30 billion Euros, employ more than 200,000 people in Europe and also create indirect employment through a vast network of small and medium-sized enterprises such as contractors who install, service and maintain equipment.

EPEE member companies have manufacturing sites and research and development facilities across the EU, which innovate for the global market.

As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies. Please see our website (www.epeeglobal.org) for further information.

EPEE is also a member of the Coalition for Energy Savings, which bring together European business, professional, local authorities, trade unions and civil society organisations to promote and mainstream energy efficiency at the European level, and ensure it is a political priority.

 

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