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Read more about the latest updates and policy news on Eco-design directive. 

The European Commission has opened the public feedback on a draft act on Ecodesign Regulation on servers and data storage products (GEN – 926.00)

The European Commission has presented the draft on GEN-926.00 within Ecodesign and labelling regulations and opened a four-week feedback period that lasts until 31 July.

According to this, all interested stakeholders are invited to give feedbacks, which will be considered for the final version to be submitted to the Regulatory Committee, where member states will discuss and vote on the proposed text.

The draft presents technical, environmental and economic aspects of servers and data storage products typically placed on the market for the use in data centres, offices and corporate environments. Manufacturers, grouped mainly in the fields of air conditioners, heat exchangers, cooling equipment and others, are important to provide solutions to control the temperature levels in data centres.

Find out more on the draft process here.

The final report on eco-design technical assistance study for Lot 9 enterprise servers and enterprise data storage is specified here.

New reviewed study of the regulation on Ecodesign and labelling requirements for air conditioners and comfort fans has been launched by the European Commission

The European Commission finalised a reviewed study of the regulation on eco-design 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 review focuses on the following aspects:

  • The scope and the efficiency and sound power level requirements, for air conditioners and comfort fans.
  • The approach to promote the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants
  • The inclusion of products currently not in scope, e.g. air conditioners above 12 kW rated output power.
  • The appropriateness of the standby and off mode requirements, seasonal calculation and measurement method, including consideration on the development of a possible seasonal calculation and measurement method for all air conditioners in the scope for cooling and heating seasons.

 

This study is conducted using the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-using products (MEErP) as established in 2011. This methodology was developed to allow evaluating whether and to which extent various energy-related products fulfil certain criteria according to Article 15 and Annex I and/or II of the Ecodesign Directive that make them eligible for implementing measures.

 

Follow up the complete study in details for each task in the MEErP separately here.

 

References:

European Commission. 2018. https://www.eco-airconditioners.eu/download

European Commission. 2018. http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/sustainability/ecodesign_en

The review of Ecodesign and energy labelling measures will bring more energy efficiency of energy-related products (ErP)

The main purpose of a new Eco-design Regulation is to ensure that products are energy efficient. ENVI (Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) at the European Parliament, published draft report on Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) (2017/2087 (UNI)).

The last extension of this directive was in 2009, which extended its scope to include energy-related products (ErP), with a view to expanding the number of energy-efficient and environmental friendly products, available at the market. The Eco design regulation N°1253/2014 addressed the energy performance, especially on  ventilation units and set energy performance requirements for complete unit including fans, filters and a heat recovery system. From January 1st 2016 all new ventilation units placed on the market in the EU conformed to the applicable requirements. In the beginning of 2018, the ecodesign efficiency measures became increasingly more stringent.

The Commission estimates that the Eco-design and energy labelling policy is effective and promising-especially in a term of reducing energy consumption. New ErP (energy related products), including solar panels and building automation and monitoring systems, are now being assessed under the 2016-2019 working plan.

To sum up, the ENVI Rapporteur Frederique Ries believes that the 29 eco-design implementing regulations and 16 delegated regulations for energy labelling and the three voluntary agreements (complex decoders, game consoles and imaging devices) are a very good start for a European Parliament to continue to promote the idea of eco-design towards environmentally friendly innovations.

The rapporteur highlighted that the current directive should meet the environmental aspects of products, with a view to meeting the new challenge of the circular economy such as composition, durability, disassembly, reparability and recyclability.

Short summary of the key upgrades:

The new proposal of directive highlights:

  1. The importance of the Consultation forum, with bringing together different stakeholders in decision making process.
  2. Highlights a new impetus on circular economy aspects of products and considers to be a potential for improving resource efficiency in a more extended way.
  3. The Directive will address the full life cycle of the products within its scope, with the setting up some minimum resource criteria, following robustness, repairability and upgradeability, but also sharing potential, reuse, scalability, recyclability and use of recycled materials.  
  4. New programme will include commitments to develop requirements and standards for material efficiency and consider that kind of criteria to be based on robust analyses, focus on areas with clear improvement of potential and be enforceable and verifiable by market surveillance authorities.
  5. Call for more coherent and cost-effective market surveillance system across Union to ensure compliance with the Eco-design Directive such as:
  • Required use of ICSMS database to share the results of product compliance checks and testing for all products, covered by Eco-design regulations;
  • General product registration database for energy labelled products will be extended in cooperation to all products covered by Eco design regulations;
  • Deterrent measures to be adopted: sanctions for non-compliant manufacturers proportional to the impact of non-compliance on the entire European market and compensation for consumers who have been purchased non-compliant products;
  • Ensuring consistency and convergence between eco-design regulations and horizontal regulations such as Union legislation on chemicals and waste and highlights the need to strengthen synergies with Green procurement and the EU Ecolabel.

Timeline

  • 23th of March 2018: Adoption of the draft opinion by ITRE Committee.
  • 25th of April 2018: Adoption of the final draft report by ENVI Committee.
  • 15th of June 2018: Plenary vote at the European Parliament.

References:

  1. Draft report, ENVI. 2018. Available at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-616.861+01+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN.
  2. Ecodesign legislation-Framework directive. 2018. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/list_of_ecodesign_measures.pdf.

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 2017. The document contains Task 1 and 2 about product scope and markets and it can now be downloaded here. 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 impact 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 Commission 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. The study started in February 2017 and is expected to be finished in medio 2018. Follow the work on the study 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:

  1. ENTR Lot 1 on refrigeration and freezing equipment (high temperature process chillers), 
  2. ENTR Lot 6 on air-conditioning and ventilation systems (comfort chillers and air conditioners), 
  3. ENER Lot 20 on room heating products (decentralised warm air heaters)
  4. 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: 

  1. Explaining the legal framework applying to ecodesign self-regulation measures; 
  2. Facilitating the establishment and implementation of the self-regulation measures;
  3. Ensuring consistency in their structure and in their content; and 
  4. 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.