The European Parliament approved the revision of the EU energy legislation on energy labelling, LabelPack A+, from A to G on the 13th of June.
The revision will apply to electrical appliances in the EU from the end of 2019. This will include the UK.
However, when it comes to space or water heating devices or packages this change will not apply until after 2020. This also including solar thermal energy.
What does this mean for Installers?
It’s important you understand that these products will be still using the previous range of energy efficiency categories (Up to the Class A +++).
Therefore for the next 3 years remember that it’s only heating systems that integrate renewable that can achieve the highest efficiency rating.
Isabella O’Dowd, LabelPack+ lead at the STA Policy Analyst, said:
“Solar thermal has traditionally been used for heating water, but increasingly it can be used to top up your space heating as well. If consumers are looking to get the most efficient heating system they should look out for the A +++ label until changes come in 2020.”
Pedro Dias, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the trade association coordinating the LabelPack A+ project, said:
“We welcome the fact that the manufacturers and installers of space and water heaters do not have to change their energy efficiency label yet. As the label has just been introduced recently, the heating sector and consumers are still adapting to use its potential fully. One advantage of using the previous energy categories is to easily identify solutions using renewables, as only systems using renewable energies, can reach the most efficient categories above A+.”
What’s LabelPack A +?
LabelPack A+ is a project which promotes the introduction of energy efficiency labelling of heaters, water heaters and combinations financed by the EU Commission under the Horizon 2020 program.
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