The EuP Directive’s chief aim is to improve the energy efficiency of energy-using products (EuPs). It thus contributes towards reaching the European Union’s targets for climate protection.
The EuP Directive is an abbreviation for the Energy Using Products Directive, also known as the Ecodesign Directive. The directive does not only cover products’ energy use but also aims to reduce the discussed products’ general negative environmental impact.
The most significant change is that the directive not only covers “energy
using” products, but also the so-called “energy-related” products.
Some of the main points of the EuP Directive include:
EEI of 0,27 in 2013
From January 1st 2013, glandless standalone circulators, (except for those specifically designed for primary circuits of thermal solar systems and heat pumps) must have an energy efficiency index (EEI) of no more than 0.27.
Energy efficiency index is the difference between annual consumption of the product and the standard consumption of a typical similar model.
EEI of 0,23 in 2015
From August 1st 2015, glandless standalone circulators as well as glandless circulators which are integrated in products must have an EEI of no more than 0.23.
For circulators, the directive is based on these principles:
- Annual electricity consumption in the EU (EU27) is 50 TWh per year (2009)
- The estimated electricity consumption in the EU without legislation would be 55 TWh by 2020
- The estimated electricity consumption in the EU with legislation would be 32 TWh by 2020
Massive energy savings
The directive thus implies electricity savings of 23 TWh in the EU by 2020 which is equivalent to the residential electricity consumption of 14 million people in EU. This harmonises with the estimated CO2 reductions of 11 million tonnes CO2 in the EU by 2020.
Fixed targets for water pumps have not yet been established. For EuP legislation on motors, see “Motors”.