With the ErP (Energy related Products) Directive now implemented we have put together some important things you should know.
What changed on 26 September 2015?
ErP was implemented for water heaters, boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal products and they need to meet minimum efficiency requirements.
Which products does it affect?
Water heaters and space heaters with an output <400kW (those <70kW require a label).
Will you be able to install products that in stock at merchants BEFORE 26 September 2015?
Yes, products already "on the market" can continue to be installed, even after the cut-off date. But since 26 September 2015 products placed into the supply chain by manufacturers are ErP compliant.
What is Energy Labelling?
Energy Labelling is part of the ErP directive, and came into force on 26 September 2015. It requires products up to 70kW output to be labelled according to their energy rating. Certain combinations of products, when installed together, require a package label. A package is formed by the addition of temperature controls (ie. room thermostat) and/or solar thermal.
Who is responsible for ErP?
ErP is a European wide directive that affects all member states in the same way, at the same time. It is part of the EU's aim to reduce energy consumption by 20% and increase the share of renewable energies by 20% by 2020.
What is the ErP Directive trying to achieve?
ErP will help to enhance product quality and reduce environmental impact by ensuring only the most efficient products are installed.