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.