What Does the EcoDesign Lot 20 Legislation Mean?
From the 1st January 2018, the largest upheaval in the electric heating industry will happen for the first time in decades. There will be new energy efficient regulations coming into play which will change the landscape of available products and manufacturers.
As part of the Lot 20 legislation, all space heaters for sale in the EU will need to adhere to these new rules or face closure – even if they’ve been manufactured further afield.
What is Lot 20?
Lot 20 is a piece of legislation that comes from the European EcoDesign Directive, a directive created so that all energy-using products would have a framework showing basic requirements in order to make them as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. This legislation is so important, especially when you consider the amount of energy we used on a daily basis.
The average household uses lights, computers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, televisions and endless chargeable consumer electronics on a daily basis, so it’s important that these products become as efficient as possible.
Products that fall under the scope of EcoDesign Directive are split into several groups or ‘lots’.
What products will be involved?
Lot 20 relates to local space heaters, storage heaters, electric radiators and underfloor heating to name but a few!
Lot 20 does not affect all heaters, such as towel rails and tube heater. A lot of heaters are already Lot 20 compliant with Eco start technology and other efficient features.
Will Brexit have an effect?
EcoDesign Directive will be upheld within the UK, even after Brexit comes into play. Lot 20 will come into force before we leave the EU and suppliers will be heavily reliant on providing products of a similar standard. Around half of the UK’s overall trade (import and export) is within the European union and will continue to co-operate on environmental standards to make sure they remain a key priority.
How will this affect me?
To the consumer, this will not affect prices dramatically, especially on lower value products where the cost of additional controls can’t easily be absorbed; manufacturers will feel the hit first. There are companies however that are already stockpiling products in anticipation for the rising cost.