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Review study on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Water Heaters (GEN – 859.00)

19 December 2017

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Review study on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Water Heaters (GEN – 859.00)

19 December 2017

2 min read

GEN – 859.00. The European Commission has launched the review study of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 814/2013 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 812/2013. The study should be finalised by April 2019. Two draft interim reports have been published on 15 December and will serve as the background document for the upcoming stakeholder meeting on 23 January 2018. 

This study is similar and complementary to the review study on space heaters (GEN 858.00). The study is carried out by VHK, with assistance from BRG Building Solutions for market data, for the European Commission, DG Energy. Contract manager is Viegand Maagøe A/S.

Objective of the review study

The overall objectives of the study have been defined in the Regulations. Besides the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the existing regulations, an assessment regarding resource efficiency dealing with disassembly, recyclability, reparability and durability following the adoption the Circular Economy Package in December 2015 will be included.

Focus of the review

The review focuses on the aspects that are mentioned in the revision clause the Regulations.

For Ecodesign (almost identical to space heaters):

  • The appropriateness of setting ecodesign requirements for greenhouse gas emissions related to refrigerants on the basis of the measurement methods under development, the level of the ecodesign requirements for emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter that may be introduced
  • The appropriateness of setting stricter ecodesign requirements for the energy efficiency of water heaters, for the sound power level and for emissions of nitrogen oxide
  • The appropriateness of setting ecodesign requirements for heaters specifically designed for using gaseous or liquid fuels predominantly produced from biomass
  • The validity of the conversion coefficient value (“PEF”, currently set at 2.5)
  • The appropriateness of third party certification

For Energy Labelling (similar to space heating)

  • An evaluation of the significant changes in market shares
  • The appropriateness of the package labels and fiches

Draft interim Report (Task 1-2)

These reports are very similar and in parts identical to the reports for the space heaters.

The task 1 report mentions that there is no market surveillance for water heaters. In the current version, the authors are looking for experiences with market surveillance and package labelling. The appropriateness of third party certification is not mentioned. Possibly the text from the report for space heaters may appear here at some stage.

It would prove most useful for manufacturers supplying components to water heater manufacturers to look at the detail on the market that is provided.

Recommended Actions

Eurovent Members and Affiliated Manufacturers dealing with water heaters are asked to carefully analyse the interim task reports and to provide the Secretariat with comments and suggestions before the upcoming stakeholder meeting on 23 January 2018.

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