Half-yearly progress summary: November2018 –March2019
Detailed overview of the INTAS project activities in the final six month of its activities.
The INTAS project has started in March 2016. It was designed to address the need to support European Market Surveillances Authorities (MSAs) deliver compliance with Ecodesign requirements for large industrial products, specifically transformers and fans.
By acknowledging the general lack of expertise, experience, and resources available across Europe for this type of testing, INTAS was organised to provide technical and cooperative support, as well as capacity building activities, to MSAs in charge of enforcing Ecodesign regulations. Throughout the project, the team also seeked to support industry to be sure of what their obligations are under the Ecodesign Directive and to deliver compliance in a manner that will be broadly accepted by MSAs. By doing so, INTAS aimed to foster a common European approach to the delivery and verification of compliance for these products.
The aim of the INTAS project was to provide technical and cooperative support, as well as capacity building activities, to Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs). The need for the INTAS project arised from the difficulty that MSAs and market actors face in establishing and verifying compliance with energy performance requirements for large industrial products subject to requirements of the Ecodesign Directive, specifically transformers and industrial fans.
Therefore, the project aimed to:
INTAS consisted of the following work areas:
Landscape of testing avenues: INTAS analysed the existing testing avenues in Europe and the rest of the world, and explored test standards, facilities, procedures and methods already in place for large products with a specific focus on power transformers and fans.
Defining an effective compliance framework for MSAs and manufacturers: INTAS tried to define the process and methodology by which, MSAs could identify, select, and evaluate large, industrial power transformers and fans.
Evaluation of compliance assessment methodology: INTAS also analysed the results of the previous processes and analysis, and ensured that the proposed methodology is valid and reliable by undertaking pilot schemes with a number of national MSAs.
MSA collaboration and strategic capacity building: throughout the project, the partners have fostered market surveillance collaboration between MSAs, and raised awareness and information exchange of the product energy performance market surveillance among key funders, decision makers and budgetary resource allocators.