Eurovent, the European Committee of HVAC&R Manufacturers and REHVA, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday, 28 May 2015. The two associations are devoted to intensify and strengthen their long-standing partnership, bringing Europe’s HVAC&R engineering, R&D and manufacturing sectors closer together while making effective use of synergies. The MoU was signed by REHVA Secretary General Jan Aufderheijde and Eurovent Secretary General Felix Van Eyken. REHVA and Eurovent commit themselves to formalise their relationship by becoming member/supporter of each other’s associations. They explore the option of sharing resources and, where feasible, secretarial services. Furthermore, they have agreed to advocate, promote and regularly participate in each other’s key events, to exchange articles and material to be used within each other‘s PR activities, and aim to jointly increase contacts with the EU and international institutions. According to REHVA Secretary General Jan Aufderheijde, ‘the MoU marks an important step in bringing two truly European associations that have a similar structure and share similar industry ideals even closer together’. The Eurovent Secretary General Felix Van Eyken added that ‘none of our two associations can be active in each single field. Many European legislations touch both REHVA’s and Eurovent’s areas of expertise, which calls for a more intensive and active cooperation.’ Van Eyken added that REHVA, as a member of Eurovent’s new ‘supervisory body’, would receive an active role in all energy performance of building related issues. Both organisations constitute the leading European representatives in their respective fields. With the manufacturing (Eurovent) as well as engineering, research and development (REHVA), they represent two areas that increasingly coalesce. Together, they support energy efficient solutions while acknowledging the importance of a healthy indoor environment.

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