Oftec has expressed concern about proposals within the Energy Related Product Directive that could see non-modulating oil boilers penalised.
The association warns that all oil boilers in domestic use are non-modulating.
Oftec director general Jeremy Hawksley (pictured) told H&V News that the proposal is unfair because there is no evidence to suggest that oil boilers are less efficient than modulating boilers.
“If the ErPD is enacted as proposed, this would impose a 7 percentage point penalty onto oil boilers in terms of the alleged boiler efficiencies,” said Mr Hawksley.
“Oftec and its members commissioned a detailed technical study, which demonstrated that the efficiencies of non modulating oil boilers are similar to modulating boilers. This study has been sent to the UK and Irish governments who will present it to the Commission.”
Mr Hawksley said there is a remaining threat resulting from some governments and NGO’s that lower NOx limits may be applied, but the commission has stated that maximum output must be 120 mg/kWh, which is in line with representations from Oftec.
Controls manufacturer association Tacma, however, states that it is pleased with adjustments made to the directive, after its successfully lobbying in Brussels.
The directive’s preparatory study in 2007 stated that addition of heating controls should increase the efficiency score for boilers, but only if the two were bundled together.
This was seen as unfair to controls manufacturers and a potential distortion of the UK supply chain.