What is the ErP directive and its effect on circulating pumps?

EuP Directive

The Eco-Design of Energy Using Products (EuP) Directive is EU legislation requiring manufacturers to improve the lifecycle energy efficiency of their products, and reduce their overall environmental impact. As well as pumps and motors, this covers boilers, water heaters, computers, televisions and industrial products such as transformers, fans, etc. The directive currently applies to products that sell more than 200,000 units per year within the EU.

ErP Directive

In November 2009, the Eco-Design Directive EuP was replaced with the new energy-related products directive (ErP) 2009/125/EC, which covers products under the old EuP Directive as well as products that are energy-related and do not directly use energy such as water-saving taps and showerheads. With this directive, the European Union regulator laid the groundwork for specific implementing measures affecting a broad range of EuP and ErP. The goal is the reduction of energy along the supply chain: from the design stage throughout production, transport, packaging and so on. Products that comply with this directive are easily recognized by carrying the CE marking. In this case, the CE mark covers product safety and energy efficiency requirements.

ErP Effect

The ErP directive of circulating pumps is becoming stricter on the sale of standalone circulating pumps and only the most efficient A-labelled pumps conform to the ErP directive for circulating pumps.

From August 1st 2015, glandless standalone circulating pumps as well as glandless circulating pumps, which are integrated in products, must have an EEI of no more than 0.23.

For circulating pumps, 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

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.