Status: Final regulation
1. Product study completed
A study for each product group examines market data, technological status and other relevant issues. When the study is completed, the Commission formulates a proposal (working document) taking the findings and recommendations of the study into account.
2. Consultation Forum and first proposal
The proposal (working document) from the Commission is communicated to experts, stakeholders and Member States. These parties meet in the Eco-design Consultation Forum to discuss the proposal.
Based on the Consultation Forum and the impact assessments, the Commission formulates a draft regulation.
3. Draft Regulation
When the Commission has formulated a draft regulation, it is sent to Inter-service Consultation (which means internal consultation of the different services of the Commission.). Before it is submitted to the Eco-design Regulatory Committee it is also notified to the WTO.
4. Approved by Regulatory Committee
The draft regulation is then submitted to the Regulatory Committee, which is composed by one representative from each EU Member State.
After the proposed regulation is adopted by a majority of the Regulatory Committee, it is sent to the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny.
5. Final Regulation
The regulation is formally adopted by the Commission and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) before it enters into force.
The most likely legal form of the implementation is “regulation”, which means that it takes direct legal effect in all Member States.
Local space heating products: 2015/1188, 2015/1185 and 2015/1186
Last updated: 23 September 2015
Ecodesign and labelling requirements for solid fuel local space heaters (LSH) entered into force in August 2015.
Local room (or space) heating products can be defined as appliances that provide heat to indoor spaces by generating heat at the same location as it is needed. The appliances are self-contained heating units, wall-mounted or chimney bound.
The energy labelling regulation applies to all local space heaters, however the product group is regulated by two ecodesign regulations;
- 2015/1188: Space heaters that use electricity, gaseous or liquid fuels, such as electric radiators and electric underfloor heating
- 2015/1185: Space heaters which use solid fuels such as stoves and fireplaces
Local space heaters with gaseous or liquid fuels
Space heaters that use electricity, gaseous or liquid fuels, such as electric radiators and electric underfloor heating are covered by the ecodesign regulation 2015/1188.
The regulation applies to domestic local space heaters with a nominal heat output of 50 kW or less and commercial local space heaters with a nominal heat output of the product or of a single segment of 120 kW or less.
Examples of such products are:
- gasopen/gasclosed fireplaces
- gas stoves
- gas cookers
- warm air unit heaters
- tube radiant heaters
- storage/non-storage electric heaters
The requirements apply from 1 January 2018.
Solid fuel space heaters
Solid fuel space heaters are covered by the ecodesign regulation 2015/1185. The regulation applies to solid fuel local space heaters with a nominal heat output of 50 kW or less.
Requirements apply from 1 January 2022.
The labelling regulation applies to local space heaters with a nominal heat output of 50 kW or less.
Electric heaters have been excluded from the energy labelling regulation. This is to avoid the direct comparison between gas and electric powered products (see comments from October 2012 in the table below).
|Aug 2018||Ecodesign regulation in force|
|14 Oct 14||Regulatory Committee||
WD draft proposal (pdf)
|Jan 2014||Draft regulation|
|Jul 2013||Proposals for local space heaters notified to the WTO|
|17 Dec 12||
|18 Oct 12||Comments||
NGO & Consumers
|20 Sep 12||Consultation Forum||
Proposed requirements and explanatory notes (pdf)
|16 Jul 12|