GEN – 1143.00. In cooperation with Orgalim, the Eurovent Team regularly provides you with an in-depth overview on all European legislative developments of relevance for the HVACR sector. The Bulletin provides for a hands-on compendium allowing the industry to assess the status quo and expected future developments. In addition to recent sector specific issues, our Team has summarised some of the key takeaways within this article.
The issues listed below are sometimes subject to postponements due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On 21 July, the Council agreed on the proposal on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF – 1,100bn EUR) and a specific recovery effort under NextGenerationEU (NGEU – 750bn EUR). This still has to be adopted by the European Parliament.
Within the NGEU, a Recovery and Resilience Facility has been adopted (672,5bn EUR of which loans 360bn EUR of which grants 312,5bn EUR). The Member States must submit a national recovery and resilience plan covering the next three years with an update/review in 2022. The plans will be assessed including the national actions supporting the green transition and digital transformation.
Within the MFF 2021-2027, besides the usual programmes (many on which economies have been introduced), some new instruments are added, including one that will deal with adaptation to Brexit. The funding of major infrastructure projects is included in the MFF.
Reflecting the importance of tackling climate change in line with the Union’s commitments to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, programmes and instruments should contribute to mainstream climate actions and to the achievement of an overall target of at least 30% of the total amount of Union budget and NGEU expenditures supporting climate objectives. The Commission shall report annually on climate expenditure. In order to address the social and economic consequences of the objective of reaching climate neutrality by 2050 and the Union’s new 2030 climate target, a Just Transition Mechanism, including a Just Transition Fund, will be created.
After four rounds of negotiations (and another restricted round), there has been little progress. Especially since a text is to be agreed upon by the end of October 2020 for an agreement to enter into force before the end of the transitional period.
The UK decided not to request an extension of the transition period after 31 December 2020.
See also GEN – 1118.00 and GEN – 1140.00 regarding the Brexit readiness notices.
Free Trade Agreements
The attached GEN – 1143.01 lists the ongoing discussions with other regions. It may be noted that these negotiations are impacted by the tensions between the United States and China.
The Sustainable Product Policy is one of the pillars of the current Circular Economy Action Plan. The European Commission has already started the internal discussions on the future shape of this policy. It is expected that Ecodesign Working Plan 2020-2024 would act as a bridge. A public consultation would accompany the process towards future orientations.
Sustainable Buildings would be included in the Sustainable Product Policy. Since 2017 a tool “Level(s)” has been developed that can be applied on a voluntary basis. The Commission is issuing a tender to get wider acceptance and use of this tool.
Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) – Building Renovation Wave
Two public consultations on the upcoming Renovation Wave initiative took place and should lead to a Communication in the third trimester of 2020. At present it seems that the focus would lie with energy poverty issues.
European Parliament Own-Initiative report on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
This report by the ITRE Committee is not legally binding but may have political weight on any potential revision of measures affecting the energy efficiency of buildings. Its adoption is scheduled for 14 September 2020.
Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI)
The two public consultations ended on 16 July. When the implementing regulations are published (late 2020/early2021) Member States can voluntary introduce the SRI. It may be noted that Member States may also deviate from the proposed SRI methodology.
The members may find it useful to read the overview that provides a pointer for possible upcoming initiatives and future regulations.
Related documents and links
All related documents and articles can be found in the respective sections in the right sidebar.
- GEN – 1143.01 – Legislative information bulletin – March 2020
- GEN – 1143.02 – Legislative update – March 2020
- GEN – 1126.00 – Previous update March & May 2020