PROCLIMATE 2015 showcases the opportunities that new EU rules can bring to Polish businesses

04 / 03 / 2015

On 4 March 2015 the second edition of the PROCLIMATE 2015 international congress, dedicated to legislation, opportunities and trends in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry, was held in Warsaw under the title Trends and Technologies of Tomorrow .

The event was co-hosted by the Polish National Refrigeration Forum (KFCh) and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) with the purpose of assisting member associations and companies across Europe in fully understanding their obligations under the new EU F-gas and Ecodesign rules.

Prof. Jerzy Buzek, the MEP and Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy in the European Parliament, granted his honorary patronage for the Congress and addressed a video message to participants at the start of the conference.

Entertaining and informative

Over 150 participants from across Europe heard a number of entertaining and informative presentations from the European Commission, representatives from the Polish government, industry, and international academics, across four panels, namely:

1.       Key legislation with an impact on the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry:

2.       Challenges and opportunities for industry

3.       Safety, standards and refrigerants

4.       Case studies

The event was hugely successful and enabled participants to ask questions and find out more about the challenges – and opportunities – presented by the new EU legislation. Throughout the congress there was a warm and convivial atmosphere, tinged with an international flavour thanks to the visitors from outside Poland.

Expert speakers

The congress was opened by Malgorzata Wejtko on behalf of Marcin Korolec, Polish Secretary of State for Climate Policy, and Czeslawa Ostrowska from the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

This was followed by two speeches from European Commission officials – Marcos Gonzalez-Alvarez from the Directorate-General on Energy, who gave an update on the EU’s ecodesign and energy label Directives, and Arno Kashl from the Directorate-General on Climate Action, who provided insights into the implementation of the new EU F-Gas Regulation.

The session concluded with a presentation from Andrzej Muszel from the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy on the issues stemming from the Ministry’s work on the decree related to the industrial safety of the refrigeration systems.

“2020 is now”

After the organisers had given a press conference to the assembled media, the congress shifted its focus to the industry perspective, with presentations from TU Gdansk, the European association of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors (AREA), and EPEE member Emerson Climate Technologies on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new EU legislation. “2020 is now” was a phrase used by Per Jonasson of AREA to emphasise the need for immediate adaptation to the new rules.

Panel III included two speakers from EPEE’s membership, Torben Funder-Kristensen of Danfoss on risk assessment of low GWP technologies and Els Baert of Daikin who spoke about EN safety standards and their impact. Ray Gluckman of Gluckman Consulting also gave a lively overview of refrigerants and expected market trends, urging those present to shift to lower GWP refrigerants.

The final panel featured a number of case studies from TU Bialystok, Carel, Carrier, and Efficient Energy, demonstrating what can be achieved when it comes to improving energy efficiency and reducing F-gas emissions.

EPEE and KFCh would like to thank all the speakers, supporters, and participants for making the event such a success. We look forward to seeing you at the next PROCLIMATE congress!