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ErP legislation

EU 20/20/20 targets

The European Union has a carbon reduction plan, which sets ambitious targets for energy efficiency and environmental impact.

ErP Directive

To help achieve these targets, the Energy related Products (ErP) Directive has been introduced that specifies minimum efficiency requirements, which must be integrated into energy-using products.


The ErP Directive (2009/125/EC:Eco-design) is a compulsory programme which established EcoDesign requirements initially for residential lighting and consumer electronics – but from 2013, has introduced them for air conditioning systems too.

Products not compliant to minimum seasonal efficiency legislation cannot carry the CE-mark and thus can no longer be imported or sold in Europe.

What products are affected?

So far, products of less than 12kW are governed by the ErP Directive (Lot 10): typically high end residential and light commercial applications.

Low efficiency products are banned from the market from January 2013. The minimum energy efficiency threshold will be redefined again in 2014, so even higher efficiency levels will be required to meet the ever stricter energy efficiency requirements.

The new measure of efficiency has been introduced to enforce these new standards.