ErP approvedWe are pleased to announce our products are already fully ErP compliant
On 21st October 2009, the EU adopted a framework for setting the efficiency requirements of energy-related products called the ErP Directive. Energy-related products are those that either use energy or have an indirect impact on energy consumption – such as tyres, bulbs or shower heads. Improving the efficiency of those across the EU will reduce the impact on the environment and lead to savings for consumers and businesses.
The ErP Directive aims to phase out poorly performing products across a range of product groups to reduce carbon emissions across Europe, with the ultimate goal of achieving the EU’s 20-20-20 targets:
- A 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels)
- A 20% improvement in overall energy efficiency within the EU
- An increase of 20% in the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources
What Does ErP Ready Mean?
From September 2015, the performance requirements set out in the ErP Directive will apply to all residential and commercial heating products throughout Europe, including electrical power products, boilers and water heaters as well as renewable technologies such as solar thermal products and heat pumps.
ErP is made up of two separate directives: EcoDesign and Energy Labelling. EcoDesign will only affect the manufacturers of energy-related products, whilst Energy Labelling will affect both installers and manufacturers.
EcoDesign: The EcoDesign Directive ensures that energy-related products meet performance and emissions standards at the point of manufacture. Any product that does not meet these requirements will not get a CE mark, which all products must have to be sold legally in the EU.
Energy Labelling: From 26th September 2015, boilers and heating products will be given an efficiency rating from G to A+++ which will need to be clearly displayed on the product. Installers will also be required to complete a new document called a ‘fiche’. For more information, visit our ‘Understanding the Fiche’ page.
Why Is It Important?
With the introduction of the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive for boilers, water heaters and hot water storage tanks approaching on 26th September 2015, it’s important for businesses in the heating and plumbing industry understand what they have to do to comply.
It is important for manufacturers and installers alike to comply with ErP. If manufacturers make products that don’t comply with ErP, they will not receive the CE marking, which is a legal requirement for products sold in the EU. Installers that ignore the legislation could face fines or legal action.
The National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) will be monitoring ErP compliance. It has provided guidelines on how they will enforce the legislation and what will happen in cases of noncompliance.
In the event of noncompliance, the NMRO states that they will consider the ‘full suite of possible actions’ and select the most appropriate in order to help those aiming to comply. It will vigorously pursue any manufacturers or installers that are knowingly and willingly ignoring the legislation, which could lead to legal action or criminal prosecution.
While the penalties for noncompliance can be severe, it’s important to remember that the NMRO’s main objective is to help businesses and individuals become ErP compliant rather than seeking to immediately penalise those that aren’t. The ErP Directive is designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the environmental impact of energy-related products on a European-wide scale, something we will all benefit from in the long term.
The main role of the NMRO is to help to the industry as the ErP Directive comes into effect. It will work with stakeholders and provide the ‘best information and advice possible’. It will make enforcement as simple as possible, with ‘data requests and form filling’ kept to a minimum and information can be either sent electronically, or by any other convenient means.
For more information on the enforcement of ErP, please visit National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO)