Ecodesign of Energy Related Products

EHI position and engagement

EHI has been closely involved in the development of the ecodesign measures related to the product groups it represents (see below), as well as the overall ecodesign policy framework. The association and its members have advocated for a series of overarching principles throughout the years:

  • The calculation methodology for energy efficiency as well as other requirements should be based on scientifically solid data and existing technical standards. The various regulations as well as general policy practice clearly state “product parameters should be measured
    and calculated using reliable, accurate and reproducible methods which take into account recognised state-of-the-art measurement and calculation methods, including, where available, harmonised standards…”
  • The heating industry supports the introduction of ‘third party verification’ of test data for ecodesign measures of all space heaters. This requirement should be in place for all central heating technologies in order to ensure a level playing field in the interest of authorities, consumers and industry.
  • EHI strongly supports the promotion of renewable energy sources; various policies with impact on RES should be aligned and complementing each other
  • Tailor-made products should be excluded from Ecodesign Directive because of the high variation in their applications, specific characteristics and the very small production runs. In addition, business-to-business products should be excluded from Ecodesign Directive because these products are tailor-made to specific needs and the information flow is already suitable between businesses.
    Last, non-standardised products for which tests are not possible – or those products for which laboratories are not equipped to measure and test them and which are not factory assembled – should likewise be excluded from ecodesign.

Background

In order to reduce the environmental burden in the product design phase, the European Commission proposed in 2005 a framework directive on setting ecodesign requirements for energy-using products (EuP – 2005/32/EC), allowing for the definition of ecodesign specifications on a product-specific basis.

In 2008, the Commission proposed to extend the directive to cover energy-related products (ErP), such as windows, doors, insulation materials, which do not directly consume energy but have a significant impact on its consumption. The recast directive was adopted in 2009 (2009/125/EC). 

The ecodesign directive does not set binding requirements on products by itself, but through implementing measures adopted on a case by case basis for each product group (lot). The list of product groups to be addressed through implementing measures is established in the periodic Working Plan. The directive is under the responsibility of DG Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) and DG Energy (DG ENER).

Implementing regulations under preparation

  • ENER Lot 15 - Solid fuel boilers
  • ENER Lot 20 - Local space heaters
  • ENTR Lot 6 - Air conditioning and ventilation systems
  • ENTR Lot 7 - Steam boilers
  • ENER Lot 21 - Central air heating products

Published implementing regulations

Space heaters and combination heaters

Commission Regulation (EU) No 813/2013 of 2 August 2013 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for space heaters and combination heaters

Water heaters, hot water storage tanks and packages of water heater and solar device

Commission Regulation (EU) No 814/2013 of 2 August 2013 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for water heaters and hot water storage tanks

Circulators

Commission Regulation (EU) No 622/2012 of 11 July 2012 amending Regulation (EC) No 641/2009 with regard to ecodesign requirements for glandless standalone circulators and glandless circulators integrated in products

Commission Regulation (EC) No 641/2009 of 22 July 2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for glandless standalone circulators and glandless circulators integrated in products

Air conditioners and comfort fans

Commission regulation (EU) No 206/2012 of 25 June 2012 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for air conditioners and comfort fans

Electric motors

Commission Regulation (EC) No 640/2009 of 22 July 2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for electric motors (Text with EEA relevance) 

Keywords:
ecodesign