With the next update for the Energy-related Product Directive (ErPD) due in September, a number of companies and individuals have stated their concerns about what this means for their business.
One of the most vocal is long-term industry campaigner and Green Heat managing director Peter Thom. Also a long-serving member of the H&V News editorial advisory board, he has provided his forthright views on the scheme.
“I do not see the point in this requirement for a system label,” he said.
“We already have an appliance label and an EPC, both based on the well-understood A-G rating system, so why do we need a system label that is only produced after the installation and serves no purpose and has no value, but of course does have a high cost to the customer and the installer?”
Mr Thom added that some manufacturers’ ErPD-compliant product had risen in price and the cost of others was still awaited.
“The ErPD comes into force on the 26 September. There has been no consultation with small businesses or heating installers, but it appears the responsibility for providing an energy label for all installed heating systems from this September lies with the heating installer,” he said.
“This directive was primarily aimed at manufacturers to label their boilers, hot water cylinders and heating controls, but it now transpires that when all of these items are installed in a property, a ‘system’ label has to be produced by the installer.
He added: “It is too late to stop this, but at this point there is no approved software available to produce the ‘fiche’ energy label – although we are told that this will be available soon.
“If there is no software we will not be able to comply, breaking our codes of conduct with Trading Standards. Also, when all the manufacturers do provide software, who verifies the accuracy of it and what standard will it have to comply with?”
He believed the effect would be both a cost and time burden on an already over-regulated industry “dumped on the small installer”.
“My guess is that very few will bother complying, and those of us that do will have to bear the cost burden to stay competitive. What a fiasco!” Mr Thom concluded.
The Energy Related Product Directive (ErP)
The Directive 2009/125/EC for the Eco design requirements of Energy Related Products (ErP) provides a framework for establishing minimum eco design requirements for energy using and energy related products.
The Directive was updated from the Framework Directive for the Eco design of Energy Using Products (EuP) to widen the scope of the Directive 2005/32/EC to include energy related products.
The Directive requires manufactures and importers to demonstrate compliance with the Directive’s product-category-specific requirements outlined in so called Implementing Measures (IMs).