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The ErP-Directive and what you should know about it!

Questions and answers regarding the Regulations 640/2009 (IEC motors) and 327/2011 (Fans) and the new directive 1253/1254 (Air Handling Units).

With the adoption of the Kyoto protocol, the European Union committed itself to a reduction of at least 20 per cent in CO2 emissions by 2020. In order to achieve this target, in 2005 the EU ratified the EuP Directive (Energy using Products Directive). In 2009, this was renamed to ErP Directive (Energy related Products Directive). It is often simply referred to as the eco-design directive. In specific terms, this concerns Directive 2009/125/EC. We come across this in everyday life, for example with the phasing out of traditional light bulbs or the energy efficiency labelling on fridges, washing machines and so on.

Who is affected by the Directive?

The Directive is mandatory within the states of the EU. This requirement affects not only manufacturers of ventilationand air conditioning products, but also plant manufacturers and system operators. The ErP Regulation covers products which are produced in the European Economic Area aswell as those imported from other countries. Products for export outside the EU are not covered by the Regulation. However it is likely that other countries will concern themselves with the subject as well.

An overview of all the requirements of the Ecodesign Directive. Confusion often arises because two independent regulations must be fulfilled in parallel. A simple summary can be found in the following table.

  IEC-motors
Regulation 640/2009 
Fans
Consideration of nozzle + impeller + motor+ any control electronics
Regulation 327/2011 
Ventilation systems
from 01.01.2016
Regulation 1253/2014 (Ventilation units)
Regulation 1254/2014 (labeling residential units) 
Air Con-ditioning
from 01.01.2013

2018      Increased demands for ventilation units at all.
Cancellation of the two lowest energy classes F, G on the labels.
 
2017 IEC-motors
0.75 - 375 kW
Efficiency class: IE3 or IE2 + FU *
 
 
2016
  Minimum requirements for ventilation systems
(> 30 W), equipment for residential ventilation with energy labelling
 
2015 IEC-motors
7.5 - 375 kW
Efficiency class: IE3 or IE2 + FU *
Fans
≥ 125 W
Minimum efficiency Stage 2 **
   
2013   Fans
≥ 125 W
Minimum efficiency Stage 1 **
  Split AC <12 kW
2011 IEC-motors
≥ 0.75 kW
Efficiency class: IE2
     
*   Frequency converter
** Calculated according to a defined formula

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