ErP stands for “Energy Related Products”. ErP is supported by Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) to make the use of energy and energy related products more efficient, by phasing out inefficient products and making it easier for consumers to find energy information, providing guidance to more energy-efficient products. The Ecodesign Directive is a vital part of the European Union’s commitment to reaching the 2020 goals, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and overall energy consumption by 20%.
For practical reasons, the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive is split into a number of areas of related products, called ”lots”, focusing on the product areas with the most substantial energy consumption and the highest potential for energy savings. Lot 6 concerns ventilation units, a highly relevant product area, since ventilation, heating and air conditioning represent about 15% of the total energy consumption in the EU, and there is a wide variance in energy efficiency among the products on the market. Estimates show that the implementation of Lot 6 of the Ecodesign Directive will result in annual European energy savings of 1,300 PJ (PetaJoule) by year 2025. This corresponds roughly to today’s entire production of electricity in the UK. The Ecodesign Directive Lot 6 will achieve its target by setting up minimum performance requirements for ventilation products, which will be implemented in steps from 2016 to 2018.