New EU Energy Efficiency Directive

New EU Energy Efficiency Directive

Posted: 28th September 2017

From January 2018, all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU must comply with a minimum efficiency standard under Lot 20 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, one thing remains constant across the EU - our need to use energy more efficiently. The EU is committed to achieving a 20 per cent energy saving by 2020 and if this is to happen, all member states (including those that intend to leave) must continue to drive energy efficiency at all stages of the supply chain, from production to final consumption.

A number of 'product lots' have already been rolled out as part of the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), covering everything from televisions, lightbulbs and washing machines, to machine tools and compressors.

Lot 20, focusing on local space heaters - and when you consider that more than half of energy consumed in our homes is used to heat water and space, it is easy to see the difference it could make. Lot 20 of the EED (2015/1188) states that all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU after 1st January 2018 which use electricity, gaseous or liquid fuels, must comply with a minimum efficiency standard. This includes electric radiators, electric underfloor heating and electric and gas fires. A second regulation (2015/1185) sets out the same requirement for space heaters which use solid fuels, such as stoves and fireplaces, from 1st January 2022.

Local room (or space) heating products are defined as appliances that provide heat to indoor spaces by generating heat in the location within which they are situated. Like other product categories, the aim is to rule out inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used in our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.

All heating products from JEGS will apply to appropriate regulations.

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