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Energy labelling amended in EuP Directive

The European Commission has amended a number of the proposals in the Eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive.

 

It has agreed to implement the energy labelling initiative for heating and hot water systems from January 1, 2010 across Europe with no transition periods.

 

Earlier proposals recommended implementing the measure from January 1 2009, with transition periods an option.

 

The 2009 milestone under the directive that would be used to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards of products has been dropped. The 2011 and 2013 deadlines remain.

 

The Consultation Forum on the directive has been put back one week until February 29.

 

The Association for European Heating Industries (AEHI) has outlined a number of proposals it intends to take to the forum in order to make the EuP Directive more palatable for the industry. These include:

 

NOx and noise limits have to be feasible.

More distinction should be made between commercial and residential buildings in the model at the heart of the Directive.

There should be measures to promote affordable replacement of heating equipment.

There should be separate labelling for different fuel types, for example, gas, oil, biomass and electricity.

 

Wilfried Linke of the AEHI said: “We’re not against energy labelling and we can accept the system process, but we’re trying to reduce to a minimum the number of labels that will be needed, or else each appliance could need maybe 10, 25, 40 labels.

 

Roger Webb, director of Heating Services at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council added: “We largely support where [the EuP Directive] is going. But NOx will be very difficult, if not impossible to meet. It will be a major issue for the gas industry as well as oil. We’re also concerned about how much time there may be to try to influence the process after this meeting.”