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Ecodesign and Energy Labelling in the UK (GEN – 1146.00)

31 July 2020

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Ecodesign and Energy Labelling in the UK (GEN – 1146.00)

31 July 2020

3 min read

GEN – 1146.00. The UK is looking how to integrate, and ambitiously improve the requirements relating to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. Consultations run until 4 September. The UK has also updated its information campaign relating to the end of the transition period, including information for businesses on importing and exporting.

UK commitment to ambitious 2050 climate targets

In 2019, the UK passed legislation to end its contribution to global warming by 2050 with as a target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.

In the UK, Energy-related Products make up 55% of total (non-transport) energy use.

These products are currently regulated under three policies in the UK:

  • Ecodesign (currently the EU regulations)
  • Energy Labelling (currently the EU regulations)
  • The Energy Technology List ‘ETL’ as used for the ECA list when claiming UK incentives

Consultation until 4 September 2020

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a consultation ‘Call for Evidence’ inviting views or whether there is scope to set better Ecodesign requirements for products that have already been, or will soon be, regulated at an EU level. The consultation also inquires when new enhanced minimum energy performance requirements could be implemented.

It may be noted that the questions relating to the extension of the scope of the future UK legislation is very similar in structure to the issues studied under the new Ecodesign Energy Labelling Working Plan 2020-2024.

The energy labels would also be subject to a revision. The EU flag on the label would be replaced by the Union Jack, but other changes could apply as well. It should not be excluded that other information (e.g. product’s average lifetime energy costs, different icons, etc.) might with time appear on the energy label.

The UK is also looking at improving its market surveillance.

The UK preliminary research suggests eight product categories that could yield greater carbon savings if better minimum energy performance standards were applied than those which are currently in place or shortly due to be implemented. This means introducing requirements that go beyond the current EU regulations. Among the eight product groups selected we note:

  • Heat pumps
  • Space cooling
  • Ventilation

The outcome of this consultation should be available by the end of 2020. It is therefore unlikely that major changes would be implemented in 2021. However, a divergence from EU Regulations in the years beyond 2021 is likely.

Consultation until 7 August 2020 relating to the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA)

The Energy Technology List covers the technologies that qualify for the UK government’s energy-saving Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme and their energy-saving eligibility criteria. It is supported by documents that set out the criteria for a product to be included on the list, and the supporting document lists the claim values.

The ETL Research Programme 2020/21 is looking among other products at:

Technical reviews

  • ORC heat recovery equipment
  • Refrigerated air dryers
  • Heat pump dehumidifiers
  • Close control air conditioning

Scoping studies

  • Fans
  • Hybrid heat pumps
  • Laboratory cooling equipment
  • BIM & BEM software

New campaign to prepare UK for end of the transition period

The UK launched this new campaign on 13 July. The website has been updated. Due to the continuous updating by the UK authorities, regular consultation is recommended.

Recommended actions

The manufacturers of heat pumps, space cooling and ventilation equipment are recommended to participate to the consultation that runs until 4 September. Manufacturers that claim incentives under the ECA scheme are recommended to participate in the ETCL consultation.

Manufacturers active in UK should check out the consultations and information session hosted by the UK Department BEIS.

It is also recommended that manufacturers check their readiness if active in the UK.

Related documents and links

All related documents and articles can be found in the respective sections in the right sidebar.

Ecodesign Energy Labelling

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