Established in 2000, EPEE represents the interests of the air-conditioning, heat pump, and refrigeration industry (HVACR). This aim is reached by participating at an early stage in the European regulatory and legislative decision-making process and by promoting an understanding of the environmental and societal benefits of HFCs as refrigerants.
Right from the start, EPEE has recorded considerable achievements, an example of which was the adoption of the EU Regulation on certain fluorinated Gases, which recognised ‘containment’ as the best option for the handling of F-gases, instead of bans, as was originally planned.
In its short history, EPEE has already established itself as the industry’s voice at both the EU and national levels to promote the continued availability of HFCs as the only viable solution for the majority of applications in the HVACR market for the foreseeable future.
Despite the many successes recorded by EPEE, there are still many challenges looming for our industry.
The EU Regulation on certain fluorinated gases was certainly a milestone for our industry: we now need to demonstrate that it achieves significant emission reductions. “Making F-gas Regulation a success” will be one of our priorities in the year(s) to come, and we are keen to demonstrate that no restriction or bans will be required during the upcoming review of the Regulation in 2010/2011.
Throughout the year, EU and national policies have strongly evolved, providing both challenges and opportunities for our industry. EPEE is now heavily involved in issues such as energy efficiency, eco-labelling, waste & recycling, and the eco-design of energy using products, all of which have a significant financial impact on our members. In the future we also wish to establish relations with NGOs in order to collaborate on issues such as scientific progress, energy efficiency, and consumer acceptance.
We aim to tackle these major debates in the years to come and demonstrate that our industry is committed to ‘do its part’ on climate change and other environment-related issues.
Our members get the chance to directly contribute and participate in our actions through our different working groups, and we are very much of the view that the coalition works ‘by it members, for its members’. In other words, being a member gives you the chance to get your voice heard in the EU through a well-organised and recognised coalition.
In addition, membership provides you with a unique opportunity to be kept aware of the ongoing legislative activities in both the EU and Member States. Membership of EPEE provides the following benefits:
To further strengthen EPEE’s message and political impact in both Brussels and the Member States, EPEE is always looking to extend its current membership.