Products Policy Conference & EHPA side event

Feb. 24, 2014 | On Wednesday 19/02 EHPA organised its event “Heat Pumps: Best-in-class technology for heating and cooling” in the framework of the European Commission’s Products Policy Conference.

On Wednesday 19/02 EHPA organised its event “Heat Pumps: Best-in-class technology for heating and cooling” in the framework of the European Commission’s Products Policy Conference. In the Charlemange Building, the four speakers and 50 participants engaged in a lively debate on the impact of the Ecodesign and Energy labelling Regulations.

As an introduction, Marcos Gonzalez-Alvarez (DG Energy) presented an overview of the both Regulations and what is expected to be achieved by them. He revealed that the transitional methods are to be published as soon as possible in order to create clarity (foreseen: April 2014). Moreover he said that the Commission is preparing implementation guidelines addressed both at industry and end-consumers. After public consultation, the guidelines should be made available on the website of the Commission later this year.

Martin Dieckryx (Daikin Europe) gave an industry's insight on the documents. He sees the Regulations as very important to reach the EU targets, to gain market uptake, to become energy independent and to remain competitive. He hopes that the data also can be used for both calculations in the EPBD and for calculating the RES share of heat pumps. At the same time, he requested that the EU should look already now at a review of the Regulations in the view of 2030 and 2050 targets. As an example he referred to the out-dated Primary Energy Factor (PEF) that is currently used. “Our products will use electricity from 2015 to 2030 so the PEF should reflect this time period and not the past”.

Peter Wagener (Dutch Heat Pump Association, DHPA) was also pleased that the Regulations finally entered into force and sees them as a great opportunity for The Netherlands to break through the different local market restrictions – e.g. limited access to information of decision makers and end users – that impede a higher heat pump market uptake. “It would create a level playing field for Dutch companies and companies coming to the Netherlands.”

Finally, Ulla Lindberg (SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden) talked about the possibility of having a 3rd party certification scheme in place that could make sure that the declared data is correct, given the situation that the market surveillance is coping with a lack of resources. The heat pump industry/EHPA members are in favour of a EU-wide certification scheme that would include such a verification, and at the same time, reduce the cost of different national costly certification schemes.

After the presentations, Thomas Nowak (EHPA) opened the floor for questions from the audience. A fruitful discussion started on issues such as market surveillance, 3rd party certification and the PEF. With regards to the latter, Gonzalez-Alvarez revealed that a review of it could be possible in the overall review of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

If you want to see the whole event, please find here a link to the video-on-demand.