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.
206/2012 and 626/2011: Room air conditioning appliances, local air coolers and comfort fans
Last updated: 09 April 2012
Ecodesign requirements for room air conditioning appliances entered into force in 2012. Labelling regulation entered into force in July 2011.
The scope of the ecodesign regulation includes:
- Air-to-airelectric mains-operated air conditioners with a rated capacity of ≤ 12 kW for cooling, or heating if the product has no cooling function,
- and comfort fans with an electric fan power input ≤ 125W.
The 12 kW level is the generally agreed limit between small (mainly domestic) and bigger (mainly commercial) air-conditioning appliances.
The requirements include:
- Two tiers of introduction; 2013 and 2014.
- Bonus for products using low global warming refrigerant fluids.
- Minimum energy performance requirements for:
split, double duct and single duct air-conditioners.
- Levels for maximum indoor and outdoor sound levels.
- Information requirements to be provided in product documentation and on manufacturer websites
- Tolerance levels for verification (8% for splits,10% for single and double ducts).
The scope of the energy labelling regulation includes air-to-air electric mains-operated air conditioners with a rated capacity of ≤ 12 kW for cooling, or heating if the product has no cooling function.
The labelling requirements include:
- A-G energy labels with a new design.
- Gradual introduction of additional classes (A+ to A+++) from 2013.
- Energy rating of the cooling and heating functions.
- Indication of the annual or hourly energy consumption.
- Indication of sound levels
- Separate energy labels for split, double duct and single duct products.
|6 Mar 12||Regulation published in the OJ|
|26 Jul 11||Energy labelling regulation in force||Delegated regulation labelling (pdf)
|1 Jun 11||Statement Env NGOs on adopted requirements|
|4 May 11||Regulation on energy labelling adopted (pdf)|
|Apr 2011||Regulatory Committee|
Updated working document (pdf)
|23 Apr 10||Consultation Forum|
|22 Jun 09||Consultation Forum||
Updated working document on air conditioning (word)
|2009||Study on room air conditioning appliances|