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

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 2020 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 (Regulation 1253/2014) which covers Barkell products originally came into force on 1 January 2016.

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 Barkell products appear under Lot 6 – Air conditioning and ventilation
Lot 6 includes:

The directive applies to all ventilation units (VU’s) which are defined in Regulation 1253/2014 as “(…) and electricity driven appliance equipped with at least a fan, motor and casing intended to replace utilised air by fresh air in a building or part of a building..”.

  • 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

Most of Barkell’s AHU’s fall under the classification of NRVU’s being either bidirectional ventilation units (BVU’s) or unidirectional ventilation units (UVU’s).

Lot 6 excludes:

The regulation does not apply to VU’s which are designed specifically to operate:

  • in potentially explosive atmosphere where the ATEX (Directive 94/9/EC) applies;
    for emergency use only, short-time operation and compliant with minimum fire safety requirements (Directive 89/106/EC);
  • with motor our of air stream and the motor working temperature (ambient temperature where the motor is operating) is > 65°C or < 40°C;
  • with operating air temperature (inside the unit) > 100°C or < -40°C
  • with high supply voltage (>1000V AC/ >1500V DC);
  • with a heat recovery system and a heat pump for heat recovery, where the main function of the unit is heating or cooling;
  • in highly corrosive, aggressive or flammable environments or in environments with abrasive substances;
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