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Should Radiators be included in the Energy-related products directive?

August 31, 2016 featured image

ErP (Energy-related Products) covers Boilers, Renewables, hot water cylinders and other household appliances but does not include radiators.

Plumbers and Installers originally voiced their concern when ErP launched claiming that labels on boilers did not reflect the true efficiency of the heating system.

The fact that radiators are not included in the ErP directive means there is no requirement for manufacturers to produce an energy label for radiators or for installers to include radiators when producing the package label indicating whole-system efficiency.

QRL Radiator Group has now launched the “Don’t Omit Emitters” campaign, calling for the industry to come together and petition the Government to include radiators in mandatory efficiency ratings.

David Kerr, CEO at QRL Radiator Group, says:

“At a time when everyone connected with the heating industry – from Government right through to manufacturers and installers – is putting efficiency at the top of the agenda, it’s ludicrous that there is no energy labelling system in place for radiators.


Of course it’s important that we focus on insulation and the heat source, but if emitters aren’t included as the third piece of the efficiency puzzle then we risk undermining the performance of the system as a whole.


“We already have labels in place for boilers, heat pumps, micro CHP and hot water cylinders, so the introduction of a proper efficiency ratings system for radiators is well overdue. Our Don’t Omit Emitters campaign is aiming to make this right.


Whilst the future remit of the ErP is unclear following the result of the EU referendum, it’s likely that product energy labelling will continue in some form in the UK. At QRL, we’re urging the government not to overlook radiators any longer – and we’re asking anyone who supports more affordable and efficient heating for all to sign our petition calling for change.”

In its Don’t Omit Emitters manifesto, the company argues that proper energy labelling would make it easier for people to identify high-efficiency emitters – ones that will improve heating system performance, cut costs and reduce emissions.

If you would like to find out more and sign the petition, visit


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