Preliminary draft Annual Union Work Programme (AUWP) for standardization 2022

Date: 19 August 2021
Preliminary draft Annual Union Work Programme (AUWP) for standardization 2022

CEN and CENELEC have provided the European Commission with their suggestions on 79 topics. Of these, around 10 numbers relate to Eurovent. A few of the CEN and CENELEC comments are highlighted below.

Draft work programme

The draft work programme lists the specific objectives and policies for European standards/European standardisation deliverables. The comments, while a little bit cryptic as the full texts are not available by CEN and CENELEC, they provide some useful background information.

The attached GEN 1278.01 contains the references and expected deliverables of 79 groups including among others, Ecodesign of space heaters, pressure equipment, simple pressure vessels, construction products, EPBD etc.

Of note are the following:

Natural refrigerants (related to F-Gas Regulation)

CEN/CENELEC support standardization in this domain.

In the frame of M/555, CEN is developing a series of deliverables based on the outcome of an initial assessment study; several have already been published (e.g. CEN/TS 17607:2021, CEN/TS 17606:2021), others are still under development (e.g. Deliverable on the requirements and risk analysis process for refrigerating systems for road transport for temperature sensitive goods operated with flammable refrigerants).

A Commission proposal of revision is expected by the end of 2021. The Commission consultation on 6 May 2021 indicated that an extension to include natural refrigerants is not likely.

Suggestions relating to the wording in the columns:

  • Column B: Replace ‘Natural refrigerants’ by ‘Fluorinated greenhouse gases.’
  • Column D: Remove ‘for road transport for temperature sensitive goods operated with flammable refrigerants.’ The scope is much wider.
  • Column E: Replace the whole wording by ‘The main objective is to limit the amount of F-Gas that can be sold in EU, ban the use of F-Gas in new products, prevent emissions of F-Gas’, or at least replace ‘environmental impact of such appliances’ by ‘environmental impact of such refrigerating systems.’

Ecodesign of industrial fans

CEN/CENELEC support standardization in this domain.

For the time being, in this area, CEN is still working in the frame of M/500 as the work is not completed yet.

Suggestions relating to the wording in the columns:

  • Column D: Remove ‘to enable an extended products approach’
  • NOTE: Extended product approach is part of CAISEMS project

Ecodesign and Energy labelling of refrigerating appliances with direct sales function

CEN/CENELEC support standardization in this domain and the Standardization Request is extremely awaited by the standardization community as harmonized Standards are needed for Industry.

CEN and CENELEC have evaluated the draft Standardization Request and provided the EC with their comments in March 2020. We note that the future SReq is on the CoS agenda of 2 July 2021.

Ecodesign of air-to-air air conditioners and heat-pumps

CEN/CENELEC support standardization in this domain.

As a matter of fact, upon receipt of a draft Standardization Request in 2019, an ad-hoc Group SRAHG was set up in order to consider its contents and comments were sent to the Commission in May 2019. We have not received any news regarding the progress of this SReq so far.

Ecodesign of variable speed drives

CEN/CENELEC support standardization in this domain.

As a matter of fact, following Regulation (EU) 2019/1781, CENELEC is awaiting a new Standardization Request to start revising/developing standards according to the new requirements. Exchanges with the EC are ongoing to see whether a new Standardization Request in support of the new Regulation is required or if, on the contrary, standards can be revised/developed under the framework of the old mandates (i.e. M/470, M/476) and offered under the new Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1781.

Recommended action

The comments provide some insight in the preparation of the 2022 standardisation work plan. Depending on the evaluation some or all of the 79 proposals may find their way into the work plan.

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