EPEE Press Briefing on Gapometer

28 / 04 / 2016

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), the voice of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, today hosted 10 journalists from across Europe, as well as representatives of the European Commission, for a press briefing on EPEE’s “Gapometer” – a critical tool to measure pan-European compliance with the EU F-Gas Regulation.

“The objective of the Gapometer is to raise awareness with industries and decision-makers at the EU and national levels about the potential obstacles to ensuring compliance with the F-Gas Regulation and to show ways of achieving the phase-down,” said Andrea Voigt, Director General of EPEE.

“Ultimately, the Gapometer should help us identify and then take all the necessary measures to ensure successful implementation across Europe.”

EPEE also published today a White Paper “A Vision for Heating and Cooling Priorities for Today and Tomorrow” in which it calls, in the short term, for a strengthening of existing legislation and making better use of synergies between EU legislation in this area. More longer term, EPEE calls for visionary steps which go beyond the existing framework and involve a more holistic, system-based approach where buildings should be considered as an integral part of the energy system

During the press briefing participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the work of EPEE, the challenges facing the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump sector across Europe, and how EPEE is planning to respond.

“We were delighted to welcome so many journalists to Brussels – from Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey,” continued Andrea Voigt “Moreover, their informed and pertinent questions suggested that they found the event to be of added value.  We therefore hope to remain in contact with them as they take back to their own countries our messages about the Gapometer and the challenges our industry faces.”

This event is a part of a broader effort by EPEE to keep the media, as well as our international colleagues across the world, fully informed about the current EU requirements related to the EU F-Gas Regulation and other relevant legislation emanating from Brussels such as Ecodesign, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive. To this end we have developed specific communication tools to enhance understanding of industry’s obligations and responsibilities.

Andrea Voigt continued: “We were particularly happy to welcome representatives of the Commission’s Directorate General for Climate Action to our press briefing. This further reinforces the strong links we have built up with EU decision-makers and their interest in industry’s efforts to align with the legislation.”

EPEE and EVIA are also holding an inaugural conference “EUREKA 2016: Heating, Cooling & Ventilation: Sustainable technologies for a better life” in The Hague on 13 December. This unique event will showcase the heating, cooling and ventilation industry’s impact on the European Union’s energy goals and demonstrate the potential, attractiveness, and innovative nature of our industry. For more information please visit http://www.eureka-hvacr.eu/.

Further information about all EPEE activities, including the Gapometer and the F-Gas Regulation, can be found on our website (www.epeeglobal.org) which will shortly be re-designed and made more user-friendly to reflect increased online traffic and interest in our activities. Please do also visit our YouTube channelLinkedIn account, and Twitter (@EPEESecretariat).