Participants at the EcoCool Symposium 2010

“I would like to thank EPEE for choosing the International Ozone Day to organise its conference, which clearly shows the commitment of the HVACR industry to comply with international as well as EU legislation in order to reduce the environmental impact of its products, locally and globally”, declared Philip Owen, Head of Unit in the Climate Action DG, at the European Commission.

Over 80 participants attended the meeting, including high-level decision-makers from the Environment and National Economy Ministries, and in particular dr. Peter Olajos, the Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Energy and Climate Policy who stressed the importance of the refrigeration sector and the cool chain in the perspective of the EU target for energy efficiency which will be at the core of programme of the upcoming EU Hungarian Presidency (1st semester of 2011).

Andrea Voigt, Director General of the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), said “EPEE is delighted to support this conference and we are very grateful to HMCB for their hard work and dedication to make EcoCool’10 a success. Hungary is a key country for our industry sector with production facilities of several international companies. Moreover, the country has very successfully implemented the F-Gas Regulation and can certainly be highlighted as one of the forerunners in this respect – an important achievement in the light of the current revision of the regulation.”

The morning session of the conference focused on international talks over emissions and the role of the EU F-gas Regulation in this perspective; and covered the priorities of the EU Hungarian Presidency. Later on, speakers stressed the importance of having a holistic approach in the RAC & HP sector in order to be able to improve energy efficiency. Several EU laws (Ecodesign, EPBD, Energy labelling, etc) were presented in this context; as means for the climate technology, buildings and home appliances sectors, to contribute to the EU target of 20% energy efficiency.

The afternoon session was entirely dedicated to Hungary where the HVACR industry has excellent solutions to achieve sustainability through an effective certification and monitoring system presented by HMCB. Moreover, Dr. Zsolt Becsey, State Secretary of International Economic Affairs highlighted the favourable conditions for the establishment of factories and a sustainable production.

The EcoCool’10 conference was followed by a press conference organised by the Ministry of Rural Affairs for Hungarian journalists in the context of the International Ozone Day to celebrate the signature of the Treaty on the 16 September 1987.

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Notes to the Editor:
epee_redimThe European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. It represents a broad-based group of responsible companies, national associations and European associations active in the European heat-pump, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. It was formed in September 2000 to contribute to the development of effective European policies to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases from the use of refrigerants. Further information can be found online at

The Hungarian Monitoring and Certification Body for Refrigeration (HMCB, appointed by the Ministry of Environment in 2009) is responsible to implement the certification and monitoring tasks of ODS and F-Gas regulations in Hungary. Currently, the online database includes approx. 7,600 certified personnel, 1,200 certified and registered companies, over 3,000 registered operators and more than 20,000 registered refrigeration circuits. Further information can be found online at