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What is the European Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC ?

The Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Directive (ErP) is a European framework put in place to help the European Union (EU) achieve its 20-20-20 target to:
  • Deliver 20% energy efficiency improvement by 2020
  • Lower carbon (CO₂) emission by 20% by 2020
  • Increase the share of renewables by 20% by 2020

The current Ecodesign Directive has evolved from an older version which dealt with energy using products (EuP) and was extended to include energy-related products (ErP) in 2009.


The particular function of the Ecodesign Directive is to improve design on a product specific level. Eliminating the worst performing products from the market and shifting the economy towards solutions with the least life-cycle costs (i.e. total cost of product ownership throughout its lifespan).

What is the process behind the selection of goods to be covered by the Ecodesign Directive?

  • Products with a volume of sales more than 200,000 units per year throughout the internal European market are included within the Ecodesign instruction. The amount of sales is an accumulative total and not one calculated on an individual producer basis.
  • Products that have a significant environmental impact in the internal market
  • A present significant potential for improvement in environmental impact without incurring excessive costs

The Ecodesign Directive defines minimum requirements for energy related products and is transposed into UK law (regardless of the connotations of BREXIT) under the Energy Related Products Regulations 2010 SI 2010 No. 2617.
The specific regulation which covers Airedale products will come into law on 1 January 2018.

The Ecodesign Directive is a framework directive, which means:

  • It does not set requirements for products by itself
  • It is implemented through product group specific regulations
  • Relevant products have been divided into "Lots" with specific implementing measures

Airedale products appear under Lot 21 – Central heating products using hot air to distribute heat (other than CHP)

Lot 21 includes:
  • Air heating products with a rated capacity not exceeding 1MW
  • Cooling products and high-temperature process chillers with a rated cooling capacity not exceeding 2MW
  • High-temperature process chillers
  • Fan coil units
Lot 21 excludes:
  • Condensing units. These feature under ENTR Lot 1
  • Low and medium temperature process chillers (supply water temperature <-25°C and <-8°C) – covered under ENTR Lot 1
  • Comfort chillers with supply water temperatures <+2°C or >+ 12°C
  • Air heating or cooling products used in the process of producing or heating perishable materials at specified temperatures by commercial, industrial facilities and where space heating or cooling is a secondary function (i.e. process cooling)

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