EUREKA Roadshow event in Romania highlights the importance of dialogue between the Member States and the EU
The EUREKA Roadshow made its second stop in Romania for another half-day conference to debate how the HVACR industry can adapt to the challenges of the future. Buildings and the cold chain again constituted the focus of discussion on the opportunities that the sector can harness for industry and for consumers as new technologies proliferate.
Brussels, 11 January 2019 – After the success of the first EUREKA Roadshow in Italy in 2017 and the flagship EUREKA 2016 conference in The Hague and EUREKA 2017 in Berlin, EVIA and EPEE elected to bring the EUREKA concept to Romania in 2018.
The event was sponsored by CAREL, Climalife, Emerson Climate Technologies and Johnson Controls. Welcome support was provided by the General Association of Refrigeration in Romania (AGFR) and the Romanian Association of Installation Engineers (AIIR).
“EPEE and EVIA remain committed to ensuring that the HVACR industry in every EU Member State are prepared to maximise the potential of new technologies to deliver energy efficient products that fully meet the expectations of future consumers”, stated the Director General of EPEE, Andrea Voigt.
Joan Miro Ramos, Chairman of the EVIA, and Juergen Goeller, President of EPEE highlighted the significance of Romania as host of the Roadshow in respect to its forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU, with a focus on helping to lay the foundations for energy efficiency, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and connectivity as priorities for the next European Commission.
Participants discussed how the HVACR sector can simultaneously meet the demands to deliver on sustainability and climate change priorities, whilst embracing the possibilities offered by digitalisation. They agreed that foresight is essential to link new policy discussions to the HVACR sector to ensure that connectivity is regulated in line with the sectors specific requirements. Proactivity is also key to think ahead, to not stand still and to lay the foundations for the next round of policy measures and standards to ensure the long term sustainability of the HVACR sector.
Many of the issues identified by speakers and participants highlighted the need to find creative solutions to old problems. Effective implementation of the EU legislation remains a hindrance to achieving policy ambitions. Reinforcing dialogue between stakeholders and authorities is essential to harmonising understandings of the F-Gas Regulation that among other objectives prevent the illegal import of refrigerants. The revised EPBD will also require stronger dialogue between European and national associations, and the Member States with a view to delivering coherent national Energy Performance in Buildings (EPB) standards, which take a flexible, technology neutral approach to delivery and fully integrate Life Cycle Cost Assessments. Compliance, is now also a political priority at the EU level, but more must be done to bolster national market surveillance authorities.
Russell Patten, Secretary General of EVIA, concluded “In partnership EVIA and EPEE with the vital support of our national partners strive to provide the foresight and proactivity to lay the foundations for the HVACR sectors future and facilitates commitment from the industry. As we continue to address old challenges and engage with new ones EUREKA will remain a strategic forum to create common positions”.
In 2019 the flagship EUREKA summit will take place in Bruges, Belgium, on 11-12 June with a focus on how the HVACR sector can harness the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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Heating, Cooling, Ventilation – sustainable technologies for a better life is the guiding theme of EUREKA, a new series of conferences entirely dedicated to the role of the HVACR sector for society and future generations.
For the third flagship EUREKA conference, EPEE and EVIA will invite NGOs, academia, decision-makers and industry professionals to Bruges to discuss how the HVACR sector can contribute to realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Please find more information on EUREKA website.
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 48 member companies, national and international associations from three continents (Europe, North America, Asia).
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.
The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) was established in Brussels in July 2010. EVIA’s mission is to represent the views and interests of the ventilation industry and serve as a platform between all the relevant European stakeholders involved in the ventilation sector, such as decision-makers at the EU level as well as our partners in EU Member States.
Our membership is composed of more than 40 member companies and 6 national associations across Europe realising an annual turnover of over 7 Billion Euros and employing more than 45,000 people in Europe.
EVIA aim to promote highly energy efficient ventilation applications across Europe, with high consideration for health and comfort aspects. Fresh and good indoor air quality is a critical element of comfort and contributes to keeping people healthy in buildings.
Check our website: www.evia.eu