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.
814/2013 and 812/2013: Water heaters and hot water storage tanks
Last updated: 04 October 2013
Final ecodesign and labelling regulations for water heaters and hot water storage tanks entered into force in September 2013.
A water heater is defined as a product connected to an external supply of drinking water to generate heat and transfer this water to desired temperature levels. The hot water is typically used for cooking, cleaning, bathing and space heating (and several items in industry).
The scope of the ecodesign regulation include:
- Water heaters with a rated heat output ≤ 400 kW
- Hot water storage tanks with a storage volume ≤ 2 000 litres.
Exceptions are, among others:
- water heaters specifically designed for using predominantly biomass fuels;
- water heaters using solid fuels;
- water heaters designed for making hot drinks and/or food only;
For storage tanks, requirements for standing loss and product information are specified of Annex II, point 2.1.
|6 Sep 13||Final regulation published in the OJ||
Final ecodesign regulation (pdf)
|13 Mar 13||Ecodesign and labellling requirements adopted|
|18 Feb 13||Labelling regulation||
Adopted labelling regulation (pdf)
|12 Dec 12||Updated proposal energy labelling heaters||
Energy labelling proposal (pdf)
|29 Jun 12||Meeting of Member States experts|
|5 Jun 12||Revised working documents submitted|
|Feb 2012||New working documents submitted||
Space and combination heaters, including comments for water heaters: see Lot 1
CECED documents (zip)
Revised Annex IV (v 2) (pdf)
|8 Jul 08||Second Consultation Forum|
|18 Mar 08||
eceee comments (doc)
|29 Feb 08||Consultation Forum|
|2007||Study on water heaters|