The EUREKA Roadshow made a first stop in Italy for a half-day conference which debated how the HVACR industry can adapt to the challenges of the future. The event addressed two topical areas which are close to the hearts of both consumers and industry and offer which great opportunities for HVACR technologies, namely buildings and the cold chain.
Brussels, September 2017 – After the success of EUREKA 2016 in The Hague last December, EPEE and EVIA launched the “EUREKA roadshow”, a series of events taking place at the national level to discuss the challenges industry faces at country level. Our inaugural roadshow event took place on 15 September in Venice, Italy, involving 70 participants from industry, academia, and civil society.
The event was sponsored by CAREL and Ziehl-Abegg and supported by Centro Studi Galileo.
“EPEE and EVIA are committed to helping industry prepare for the future and respond to the needs and expectations of future customers,” stated the Director General of EPEE, Andrea Voigt.
Axel Diepolder, Vice-Chairman of the EVIA Steering Committee, said: “We were delighted to hold our first national EUREKA event in Italy, which is a key market for HVACR technologies and therefore a great place to discuss technological innovation, energy efficiency, and comfort.”
Participants discussed how the HVACR sector can ensure sustainability and comfort in the long term for the benefit of citizens, as well as how policies can bring about sustainable change. Panellists agreed that challenges such as climate change, the Internet of Things, and urbanisation shape the environment in which HVACR industry operates and offer great opportunities for HVACR technologies, provided they are continuously adapted to the complex and ever-changing context.
Several strong trends emerged from the discussions, such as the necessity to promote buildings that achieve high indoor air quality, low energy consumption, and consumer empowerment. “Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration technologies are in all aspects of every day’s life and panellists made very clear that there is no technology gap – solutions are available, and the industry is ready to meet the challenges of the future in a sustainable way, ” emphasised Juergen Goeller, Chairman of the EPEE Steering Committee.
However, a supportive policy framework with proper enforcement, a coordinated approach, consumer education and involvement, as well as vocational training is needed for the HVACR sector to deliver its full potential.
Russell Patten, Secretary General of EVIA, concluded “Each EUREKA event demonstrates how essential the HVACR sector is to our daily lives. We look forward to continuing the discussion during EUREKA 2017 in Berlin in December, where we will further explore how we can make a difference to people and ensure future generations – “Generation Z” – inhabit a comfortable, clean and safe environment.”
Please find more information on EUREKA website: www.eureka-hvacr.eu