EUROPE: Following the success of its first Eureka conference in 2016, EPEE and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) are to repeat the event this year.

With its subtitle of Sustainable technologies for a better life, this high-level conference explores how the industry can continue to ensure future generations inhabit a comfortable environment.

As with last year, Generation Z (the technological generation, born between 1995 and 2009) will be actively involved in discussions during Eureka 2017. It will explore the best way for the HVACR sector to answer to future consumers’ demands and make solutions fit for the future.

Visionary paper

The findings of the Eureka 2016 event have now been recorded in a Visionary Paper.

“The Visionary Paper aims to provide an outlook to 2030 based on what future customers will want and expect,” said the director general of EPEE, Andrea Voigt. “It is clear that maintaining the status quo is not an option, and that the industry will need to transform itself in order to be truly resilient and sustainable.”

The Visionary Paper focuses on the needs of so-called Generation Z, namely those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. They are thought to be likely to be even more demanding than current customers, and their expectations will fundamentally change the way the HVACR industry operates. 

“Our Visionary Paper states that future customers will want the industry to provide a full service, not just products; be offered a service which is tailored to their needs; prefer locally-sourced products; and want to live more sustainably,” said Russell Patten, Secretary General of EVIA. “Being thus prepared, the sector can turn challenges into opportunities and continue to provide heating, cooling and ventilation every day across the world”.

“Food waste, refrigerants, energy efficiency in buildings, and indoor air quality are not only areas at the heart of the HVACR sector,” said Andrea Voigt. “They also have a major impact on the lives of the generations to come.”

Eureka 2017 will be held in Berlin from December 11-12.

Further details and booking information can be found here, along with downloadable multi-language PDFs of the 2016 Visionary Paper.