The second Eureka conference sought to work out impact of different habits of millenials and beyond
Industry bodies Epee and EVIA have led debate on the direction of the HVACR industry in the second Eureka conference.
The event in Berlin brought representatives of “Generation Z” directly into panel discussions and brainstorming sessions, speaking alongside representatives the German and international governments, alongside industry, and researchers.
EPEE Director General Andrea Voigt said:“This year Eureka did something truly original by instigating a cross-generation debate with young people. Industry representatives and students were able to exchange views, not only about how they see future HVAC-R technologies, but about their lives more generally. For example, Generation Z are not so interested in owning something, but in being able to use it when they need it. Industry needs to bear this trend in mind when developing new products.”
Joan Miró Ramos, Chairman of EVIA, said: “As an industry it is important to continuously improve our knowledge of what we all need in order to continue to innovate and meet even higher levels of comfort and sustainability. A key element of Eureka is to explore how our sector can bring sustainability and comfort in the long term, respond to future consumers’ demands, and make solutions fit for the future.”
Juergen Goeller, Chairman of the EPEE Steering Committee said: “We have to ensure that regulatory changes fully encompass the expectations and needs of next generations. The recently agreed global phase-down of HFCs under the Kigali Amendment is excellent news for the environment but also a major challenge for the industry. We are all committed to make it happen, but flexibility and openness for new solutions and technologies are more important than ever. This is why Eureka is so important, to determine the best ways to achieve these goals and to also communicate these potential solutions to the next generations.”