What is the Energy Related
Products (ErP) directive 
and how does it affect me?

The Directive 2009/125/EC for the EcoDesign requirements of Energy Related Products (ErP) provides a framework for establishing minimum EcoDesign requirements for energy using and energy related products.

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Operating in more specialist market sectors such as marine, traction, heat transfer, refrigeration and agriculture – the Applied Technology division of Elta provides standard or modified products, as well as bespoke fans for precise applications.

Frequently Asked Questions about ErP

The Directive 2009/125/EC for the EcoDesign requirements of Energy Related Products (ErP) provides a framework for establishing minimum EcoDesign requirements for energy using and energy related products.

The Directive was updated from the Framework Directive for the EcoDesign of ErP to widen the scope of the Directive 2005/32/EC to include energy related products.

The Directive requires manufacturers, like Elta, to demonstrate compliance with the Directive’s product category specific requirements outlined in so called Implementing Measures (IMs).

In essence, regulations are being introduced under the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive in order to assist the Kyoto Protocol obligation to safeguard the environment in which we live, by increasing the total share of renewable energy in the EU to 20% by 2020, whilst increasing energy efficiency by 20%.

The Directive covers all energy using products, except transport and will now start to include energy related products. However, for a product to be considered for an implementing measure it should:

  • Have a significant volume of sales and trade, indicatively more than 200,000 units a year within the Community
  • Have a significant environmental impact within the EU
  • Present significant potential for improvement in terms of it’s environmental impact without entailing excessive costs, taking into account:
    • The absence of other Community legislation or failure of market forces to address the issue properly;
    • A wide disparity in the environmental performance of the energy using products available on the market with equivalent functionality.

The Directive has set out minimum efficiency levels for fans, which includes all the principal fan types between 125W and 500kW input power. Where fans do not comply with the efficiency guidelines under the ErP Directive in 2013 and 2015, they will not be permitted to be marketed throughout Europe after these dates.

In effect, those manufacturers producing fans operating independently, or used as a component within a system or other equipment, which is less efficient than that specified by the ErP Directive, means you will not be allowed to purchase this fan following those respective dates. The consequences of which means fan manufacturers having to cease production of that product or offering an alternate product to meet efficiency criteria.

The emphasis placed on fans with this legislation is to establish minimum efficiency standards for the various types of fans that are commonly in use, by introducing minimum efficiency standards in two phases.
With effect from January 2013, the first phase of the new requirements for efficiency levels for fans become mandatory, the implications of this will mean that certain fans will no longer be marketable within the European Union.

The legislative regulations will be strengthened even further by 2015, which will have even wider consequences for fan manufacturers, since the bar is raised, and the minimum efficiency standards required in this phase are far more onerous than the standards set for 2013. With fan equipment manufacturers providing increasingly energy efficient products, the environmental benefits are representative of the industries contribution. Needless to say, some fan manufacturers will be left behind if they do not address the changes required in complying with new, stringent regulatory standards.

Elta’s environmental drive is directed at continuously educating its customers on how improvements in fan technology benefit the wider environment in which we live.

The ErP Directive encompasses a significant range of fan types, most notably, Axial flow fans, Centrifugal fans, which comprise Forward and Backward curved variants, as well as Mixed flow and Cross flow fans, where there is a power input of between 125W and 500kW.
As you would expect, fan types are characterised by different efficiency levels, which are divided into specific fan categories, each of which are affected by the Directive, namely;

  • Axial flow fans
  • Centrifugal backward curved fans with housing
  • Centrifugal forward curved fans without housing
  • Centrifugal forward curved fans
  • Mixed flow fans
  • Cross Flow fans

There are exceptions. The most notable being fans used in high specification environmental conditions, in particular ATEX and emergency use only Smoke Extract fans where higher ambient temperature applications are required, or fans used in transportation applications, such as railway technology are all currently excluded. In addition, the ErP Directive does not have an impact on kitchen hood applications where fans consume power of less than 280 Watts, as well as fans used in clothes dryer applications.

The recognition and identity of energy saving fans which satisfy the requirements of the ErP Directive is signified through a CE mark, which represents energy efficiency in the same capacity as the compliance to EMC and Low Voltage directives.

In addition to the CE symbol, all Elta products will display their own distinctive logo on the product which signifies the particular fan is ErP compliant, ensuring product recognition is straightforward, making the choice easier for customers, thereby avoiding any confusion. The ErP Compliant logo will also appear in sales brochures, fan selection software, packaging and anything deemed appropriate in assisting the customer.

View our Popular Compliant Products:

Revolution SLC

Revolution SLC

Long Cased Axial Flow Fan

Compact SCP

Compact SCP

Plate Mounted Axial Flow Fan

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