ErP labeling efficient air conditioningThe Energy related Products (ErP)Directive specifies minimum efficiency requirements, which must be integrated into energy-using products. The ErP Directive is a compulsory programme which established Eco Design requirements initially for residential lighting and consumer electronics – but from 2013, has introduced them for air conditioning systems too.

So far, products of less than 12kW are governed by the ErP Directive and these are typically high end residential and light commercial applications. Products that do not meet minimum seasonal efficiency standards cannot carry the CE-mark and thus can no longer be imported or sold in Europe.

Low efficiency products are banned from the market from January 2013. The minimum energy efficiency threshold will be redefined again in 2014, so even higher efficiency levels will be required to meet the ever stricter energy efficiency requirements.

Some examples of ErP in buildings include standing losses of water heaters under the ErP Directive. Limits for standing losses (heat lost to the environment = wasted energy) for hot water storage tanks and solar water heaters were introduced on 26 September 2017. The bigger the tanks, the bigger the heat loss. That’s why our calorifiers are supplied with an insulation jacket to keep the heat in the system and minimise standing losses.

From 20121 onwards there will be a simplified scale A through G. manufacturers are required to provide energy efficieny information on the european website. Goods that are included within the EU energy directive include boilers, domestic water heaters, cylinders and air conditioning equipment. Although the UK is soon to leave the EU we belive that these labels will continue to exist on our goods as for in order to sell these products in Europe the energy label will continue to be required.

Energy Star programme

The energy star program discontinued in 2018 and has been replaced with the EU Ecodesign Directive.