EU Member States are committed to tackling climate change and meeting the CO2 emission targets set out in the Paris Agreement. One way of meeting these targets is to ensure that large industrial products adhere to strict eco-design regulations that reduce energy use and CO2 emissions. On Tuesday 12 February Prospex moderated a conference in Brussels bringing together businesses, manufacturers, Market Surveillance Authorities of Member States and the European Commission to discuss compliance with the Eco-Design Directive.
The conference was hosted by the INTAS project that is funded under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme, to foster a common European approach to meeting the Eco-Design Directive standards. The focus was on large industrial fans and power transformers that are often tailor made for specific projects such as power plants and transport systems. Some of the big issues discussed at the conference included sharing test results between Market Surveillance Authorities and handling imports from outside the EU. INTAS has produced guidelines and recommendations which have partially been integrated into EU legislation.