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Review study of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling for Air Conditioners and Comfort Fans (GEN – 900.00)

08 May 2018

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Review study of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling for Air Conditioners and Comfort Fans (GEN – 900.00)

08 May 2018

2 min read

GEN – 900.00. The review study that started in February 2017 has been finalised by Viegand Maagøe A/S and ARMINES in May 2018. These reports have been accepted by the Commission.

Reports

The study contains the final reports of the seven tasks. The initial drafts had been released at the end of 2017 and discussed in a stakeholder meeting on 12 January 2018.

  • Task 1 – Scope (definitions, standards and legislation)
  • Task 2 – Markets (volumes and prices)
  • Task 3 – Users (product demand side)
  • Task 4 – Technologies (product supply side, includes both BAT and BNAT)
  • Task 5 – Environment & Economics (Base case LCA & LCC)
  • Task 6 – Design options
  • Task 7 – Scenarios (Policy, scenario, impact and sensitivity analysis)

Scenarios

The scenarios developed in Task 7 will now receive the attention of the Commission and may result in revised Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations.

The proposed minimum efficiency requirements for air conditioners in a potential revised ecodesign regulation that possibly could apply from 1 January 2023 are:

  • Airco below 6kW          SEER 6         SCOP 4
  • Airco 6kW to 12 kW     SEER 5,5      SCOP 3,9
  • Portable airco              SEER 2,3      none

A revised Energy Labelling scheme is proposed on the basis of BNAT and it is also proposed to review and adjust the tolerances.

The study proposes to bring ventilation exhaust air-to-air heat pumps and air conditioners ≤12 kW within the scope of the revised regulations.

Due to a lack of robust data for comfort fans (ceiling, table, tower, pedestal, wall, box), no clear proposals are made.

Recommended Actions

Manufacturers of air conditioners and comfort fans are recommended to take note of these final reports.

The Commission will now make use of the study to prepare the revised Regulations. 

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