Updates on Ecodesign and Energy labelling regulations on air conditioners and comfort fans

The draft interim report on the review study of on air conditioners and comfort fans was released in June. The document contains Task 1 and 2 about product scope and markets and it can now be downloaded Opens external link in new windowhere. It will serve as the background document for the upcoming stakeholder meeting, on July 5th, to which REHVA is taking part. More information will follow. 

Ecodesign -  Ener Lot 21: Impact assessment study released

The updated overview of the Ecodesign legislation now contains the Opens external link in new windowimpact assessment for air heating products, cooling products, high temperature process chillers and fan coil units (aka Ener Lot 21). The standardisation request to accompany this regulation has also been made available.

Ecodesign - Lot 21 published as Commission Regulation 2016/2281 

The Opens external link in new windowCommission Regulation (EU) 2016/2281, implementing the Directive 2009/125/ on setting ecodesign requirements for energy-related products, including air heating products, cooling products, high temperature process chillers and fan coil units has been published on 20 December 2016 in the Official Journal.

Ecodesign - Ener Lot 10: Review study for air-conditioners and fans launched

The European Commission has launched a review study of the regulation on ecodesign and labelling requirements for air conditioners and comfort fans. The study covers the review of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2012 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 626/2011. The study is carried out by Viegand Maagøe A/S and ARMINES for the European Commission, DG Energy. Contract manager is Viegand Maagøe A/S. The study started in February 2017 and is expected to be finished in medio 2018. Follow the work on the Opens external link in new windowstudy website.

Ecodesign regulation of air heating products, cooling products and high temperature chillers under inter-service consultation.

The products covered by the proposed Regulation were analysed in four preparatory studies:

ENTR Lot 1 on refrigeration and freezing equipment (high temperature process chillers), 

ENTR Lot 6 on air-conditioning and ventilation systems (comfort chillers and air conditioners), 

ENER Lot 20 on room heating products (decentralised warm air heaters)

ENER Lot 21 on central heating products that use hot air to distribute heat (heat pumps and centralised warm air heaters).

The draft regulations are expected to be voted in September 2015 and will enter into force according to the draft regulation on 1 January 2017 for the 1st tier and 1 January 2020 for the 2nd tier.

Guidelines on self-regulation measures under the Ecodesign Directive

Article 17 of the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) sets out the provision for voluntary agreements and self-regulation measures.  

On 27 May 2015 the Commission released  Guidelines on self-regulation measures concluded by industry under the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC that aim at: 

• Explaining the legal framework applying to ecodesign self-regulation measures; 

• Facilitating the establishment and implementation of the self-regulation measures; 

• Ensuring consistency in their structure and in their content; and 

• Ensuring uniform interpretation of the applicable principles and rules. 

All future ecodesign self-regulation measures should be drafted in line with these Guidelines. Furthermore, all existing ecodesign self-regulation measures should be aligned with the Guidelines as soon as possible, at the latest by the next revision of the self-regulation measure. The guidelines are not legally binding. However an industry wishing to apply for a self-regulation measure is expected to conform to these Guidelines.

Ecodesign regulation for fans on review

The Ecodesign Regulation 327/2011 for fans has been under revision, and recently subject to public review. In the proposed new regulation, the Ecodesign requirements for fans are set out in Annex II, using definitions in Article 2 and Annex I.  The requirements shall apply from 1 January 2020. The minimum requirements are expressed in a new way, taking into account the type and measurement category of the fan.

In order to further limit the environmental impact of fans, the scope is somewhat extended also to include certain fans using motors not covered by the eco-design regulation of motors. But also the minimum fan efficiency requirements will be some 5-6 per cent more stringent than those set in the Regulation 327/2011. 

The minimum fan efficiency (ηmin) values as a function of the electric power input Pe (in kW), efficiency grade N from the equations given in Annex II  -  per fan type (axial, mixed flow, centrifugal, cross flow), efficiency category (static, total) and measurement category (A, B, C or D) as appropriate. The calculation of the efficiency grade N for mixed flow fans involves also the fan flow angle α. For jet fans the jet-fan impeller efficiency shall be equal or above 0,50.

The product information requirements on fans and how they must be displayed are as set out in Annex III. of the regulation.