Alongside lectures from association experts, ASERCOM used the occasion of its 25th anniversary to hold its first open forum on topics including EU regulations, energy efficiency and further education.
Plenty to talk about at panel discussion
Moderated by Marco Masini, COO of the Italian group Assofrigoristi, representatives from industry and politics discussed EU regulations and rules, energy efficiency, and the importance of advanced development in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
"The European Union is a global vanguard. The rest of the world looks to us for guidance. The challenges that we currently face represent what is in store for everyone else,” said Didier Coulomb, director of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), at the beginning of the discussion.
But the EU was not immune to criticism. “The EU sometimes tends toward overregulation. We have to look at the big picture, like the construction sector, and not dwell on details, like small individual parts of heat pumps,” said Thomas Nowak, general secretary of the European Heat Pump Association.
The panel discussion was followed by eight presentations from the members. In honour of the 25-year anniversary, Hermann Renz, senior delegate at ASERCOM, took visitors on a journey back in time to the year of founding, and looked back on all the association’s most important milestones, such as the introductions of the certification committees for compressors and condensing units. The latter was elaborated on by Julian Pfaffl, convener of the certification committee, in his contribution. Within last year, the number of certified products has risen by over 100, reaching a total of 787.
All presentations given at the 2017 annual general meeting are available for download at www.asercom.org/annual-convention-2017.