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Ecodesign: My Responsibilities

What does Ecodesign mean for me and my business?

The Ecodesign Directive is an approach to unit design which targets energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions. It rightly encourages manufacturers to consider the environmental impact of a system over the lifetime of the product.
 
Airedale, as a British Manufacturer, is committed to limiting the environmental impact of its products. We strive to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. With this ethos, we are committed to working with you to ensure Ecodesign Directive conformity and deliver the associated benefits of compliance.

The below covers issues which will be relevant to you and your business when considering Ecodesign:

Precision Air Conditioning (PAC)

Close control air conditioners are not exempt if they are applied in comfort applications. By way of Ecodesign conformity, it is stated that “cooling product” must include a “cold generator” and be applied for the “thermal comfort of human beings”.

This means:
  • Data centres, standard rooms, clean rooms, archives, etc. are excluded as the primary applied function of a PAC unit is not for the thermal comfort of human beings
  • Chilled water PAC units are excluded as they do not include a “cold generator”
  • DX PAC units applied in comfort applications are included

Therefore, DX PAC units applied in comfort applications must be compliant with Ecodesign.

Comfort Chillers

Must comply with Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) for Seasonal Cooling Energy Efficiency (SSCEE) in two tiers:

  • Tier 1: 1 January 2018
  • Tier 2: 1 January 2021
High-temperature Process Chillers

Do not provide cooling of space for the thermal comfort of human beings

Must comply with Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) for Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) in two tiers:

  • Tier 1: 1 January 2018
  • Tier 2: 1 January 2021
  1. If a chiller is declared only for high-temperature process cooling according to its documentation, then only the MEPS for SEPR has to be achieved
  2. If a unit meets the MEPS at the rating condition but is sold at a different condition where it is less efficient that is acceptable as target MEPS was met at the rating condition

What are the intended outcomes of the Ecodesign Directive?

One of the expected results of the directive is that a certain % of products will no longer be able to be sold due to non-compliance:

  • Seasonal Cooling Energy Efficiency (SSCE) Tier 1 – 60% of products currently on the market are non-compliant
  • Seasonal Cooling Energy Efficiency (SSCE) Tier 2 – 85% of products currently on the market are non-compliant

Key takeaways I must consider when ordering units to be Ecodesign Directive compliant
  • When is the unit required and to be delivered to site?
  • If the unit is to be provided before 1 January 2018, it is exempt from the Ecodesign Directive.
  • What application is the product for, process or comfort?
  • It is important to note that Airedale, as a manufacturer, does not always know the use the unit will be applied.
  • It is, therefore, the responsibility of you to ensure this information is passed along to Airedale with the design selection criteria for the units.
  • Water temperature. What supply temperatures do you require?

The below compliance chart download will help you to ascertain what Tier of Ecodesign compliance you will need to adhere to:



Ecodesign Directive Implementation