ErP Directive, will it save energy.

From September this year the ErP Directive will apply to heating boilers and controls.

What is this directive?

ErP is short for Energy-related Products.

The ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive is due to be implemented in September 2015. It consists of new regulations designed to help the EU achieve its 20-20-20 target to reduce energy use by 20 per cent and increase the share of renewable energies by 20 per cent by 2020.

ErP will eventually effect all products that have an impact on energy use, meaning all boilers and heating systems will be labelled with ratings from D up to A+++, in the same way that white goods, like refrigerators and freezers, already are with the aim of improving efficiency.

To comply with this directive, the supplier of the system will have to produce a document detailing the energy efficiency of the whole system. The boiler will be rated by the manufacturer and depending what controls are added to the system, an overall ErP rating will be calculated. This is all well and good but will it actually help the home owner save energy? I very much doubt it. What ever the ErP label says, customers will use their heating systems in exactly the same way, to maintain the comfort level they require in their property. If the customer wants to run their heating 24 hours a day at 25 deg C, then the most sophisticated control system would not save them any energy, they would be better improving their insulation.

Just like the Benchmark Scheme, all the ErP directive will do is increase the paperwork required from conscientious installers.

Once again we have more bureaucracy from the EU heaped on the shoulders of the long suffering Registered Gas Engineer.