EHI position and engagement

EHI actively provided input during the criteria development process for the Ecolabel of water-based heaters. While some punctual recommendations were considered, many key points, based on industry’s proven knowledge and understanding of the complexity in the European heating markets, were systematically not taken into the account. EHI insisted on promoting the following principles in order to ensure the usefulness of the Ecolabel  for consumers, industry and Member States authorities:

  • The EU Ecolabel must be based on a technology neutral approach, without purely political implications and discriminations (both positive and negative) of energy sources and/or technologies.
  • The EU Ecolabel must be fully aligned, for consistency and coherence reasons, with the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations covering the same product groups
  • The EU Ecolabel must reduce or remove the complex overlap of existing labelling schemes within the Member States. Additionally, double-regulation must be avoided as well as overlapping of requirements with other laws, regulations and labels.
  • The EU Ecolabel must bring added value to consumers
  • The EU Ecolabel must only take into account criteria from specific standardised measurements following European Standards (CEN, CENELEC).

Recent developments - the EU Ecolabel for water-based heaters

The Commission Decision 2014/314/EU establishing the criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for water-based heaters was published in the EU Official Journal in June 2014. It follows its adoption by the EU Ecolabelling Board (EUEB) in November 2013.

This decision enters into force immediately with an initial validity of 4 years, and the following transition provisions:

  • Until end July 2014 for applications to the EU Ecolabel for heat pumps falling in the scope of the existing EU Ecolabel for electrically driven, gas driven or gas absorption heat pumps (Decision 2007/742/EC);
  • Until end May 2015 for EU Ecolabel licences awarded to heat pumps which provide heat to water based central heating system under Decision 2007/742/EC.

The Commission Decision 2014/363/EU to prolong the validity of Decision 2007/742/EC until 31 December 2016 and amend its scope – heat pumps which provide heat to a water based central heating system being excluded – was also published in the EU Official Journal.


The European Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme, established in 1992 to encourage businesses to market environmentally friendly products and services. Today the EU Ecolabel covers a wide range of products and services, with further groups being continuously added. Product groups include cleaning products, appliances, paper products, textile and home and garden products, as well as water based heaters and air based heat pumps.

The ecolabel has strong links with Green Public Procurement.

A pilot study on heating systems was carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment. Following this, EU Ecolabel criteria were devised for water based heating systems.