Important Water Heating ErP and Energy Labelling
Here's a simple summary to help you understand how this may impact your business and your relationship with suppliers.
- Ecodesign and labelling regulations: 814/2013 and 812/2013: Water heaters and hot water storage tanks comes into force on September 26th 2015 covering water heaters with a rated heat output less than or equal to 70 kW, hot water storage tanks with a storage volume less than or equal to 500 litres and packages of water heater less than or equal to 70 kW and a solar device.
- The regulations are also referred to as ‘ErP Lot 2’. ErP stands for ‘Energy related Products’
- The classification ‘Water Heaters’ also includes products such as Electric Showers
- Water heaters designed for making hot drinks and/or food only are excluded from the regulations. Therefore, beverage boilers and boiling water taps are exempt.
- Ecodesign sets the minimum energy performance and environment criteria for Energy related Products. Products must comply with these criteria in order to carry a manufacturer’s CE mark and be sold within the EU after 26th September 2015.
- Every product falling within the scope of the Directive requires an energy label similar to those already used on domestic appliances, televisions, car tyres and even houses. Each product will be classified with an efficiency band A to G (A+++ to G for packages of Water Heater combined with a Solar Device).
- From September 26th 2015, suppliers selling the above product into the EU must provide certain technical information in their literature and user manuals as well as supply an Energy Label in the prescribed format. That same information must be made available to their customers in order for them to fulfil their obligations.
- Any advertisement relating to a specific water heater model and containing energy-related or price information must include a reference to the water heating energy efficiency class.
- Products that fall within the regulations but do not comply, such as not meeting energy consumption criteria, cannot be sold by suppliers into the EU from that date.
After September 26th 2015:
- All water heaters on public display must have an energy label, specific to each model, displayed on or adjacent to them in such a way as to be clearly visible.
- Water heaters offered for sale, hire or hire-purchase, where the end-user cannot be expected to see the water heater displayed, should be marketed with the information provided by the supplier.
- Any advertisement (including catalogues, web sites, flyers, banner ads etc.) relating to a specific water heater model and containing energy-related or price information must include a reference to the water heating energy efficiency class for that model.
- Any technical promotional material concerning a specific water heater model and describing its specific technical parameters must include a reference to the water heating energy efficiency class for that model.
- Your suppliers cannot sell to you products that do not meet the regulations. However you are still able to sell non-compliant products supplied prior to this date.
Evidence from other categories shows that Energy Labelling can create a shift in behaviour as more buyers focus on best energy performing products, especially those in the A energy efficiency class.
At RXG, we have been working for some time towards this legislation and we are in a very strong position. Almost all our current products carry the highest Energy Efficiency A Class rating probably making us the most energy competitive on the market.
All our current range of Water Heating and Electric Showering products shipped by us after the regulation start date will have updated user manuals and include an energy label. In fact, we are already shipping some products with these included, and we we will soon be supplying energy labels for existing display items.
Should you have any questions relating to this topic, please consult your account manager.