The review study concerns local space heaters covered by Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2015/1188 for heaters with a nominal heat output of 50 kW or less and commercial local space heaters with a nominal heat output of 120 kW or less designed to use gaseous fuels, liquid fuels or electricity.


The local space heating products in the regulation are appliances that provide heat for indoor thermal comfort of human beings by means of heat convection or heat radiation in the area, where they are placed. The appliances are self-contained heating units, wall-mounted or chimney bound. Local space heaters that have an indirect fluid heating functionality are also within the scope.


Examples of such products are:

  • gas open / gas closed fireplaces

  • warm air unit heaters

  • tube radiant heaters

  • storage / non-storage electric heaters

  • electric underfloor heating


Solid fuel local space heaters are not in scope of this regulation but belong to Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2015/1185.


The requirements apply from 1 January 2018. By 1 January 2019, a review of the regulation has to be presented to the Consultation Forum.


The overall objective of the study is to update the existing preparatory study according to the MEErP methodology with a specific focus on:


  • Appropriateness of setting stricter ecodesign requirements for energy efficiency and emissions of nitrogen oxides;

  • Validity of the verification tolerances;

  • Appropriateness of 3rd party certification;

  • Validity of the correction factors used for assessing the seasonal space heating energy efficiency;

  • Assessment regarding resource efficiency - most likely disassembly, recyclability, reparability and durability following the adoption of the Circular Economy Package in December 2015 and the new Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019;

  • An evaluation of the requirements in view of a possible new PEF (Primary Energy Factor);

  • A technology roadmap to show previous technological innovations, current product technologies including best available technologies (BAT), and concentrate mainly on an outlook of technologies yet to enter the market (BNAT) as well as general technological trends in the examined product sector, using the findings from the MEErP as basis. This technology roadmap should give the Commission the basis in terms of a technology overview to develop a strategy on future effective support under the EU research framework programme, Horizon 2020, to foster the development and production of energy efficient, novel technologies within the European Union. The roadmap is expected to be prepared as part of MEErP Task 4 - Technologies.

  • If appropriate, drafting working documents for submission to the Consultation Forum, and providing further technical assistance e.g. in responding to stakeholder enquiries and updating the working documents after the Consultation Forum.

  • Providing technical assistance such as assistance to the 12-week open public consultation process, which will run in parallel with the Consultation Forum by drafting the consultation questionnaire and summarising the responses received



This study is conducted using the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related products (MEErP) as established in 2011 and revised in 2013. This methodology was developed to allow evaluating whether and to which extent various energy-related products fulfil certain criteria according to Article 15 and Annex I and/or II of the Ecodesign Directive that make them eligible for implementing measures. The 2013 revision has added different material efficiency aspects to the methodology.


The methodology requires the contractor to carry out 7 tasks, ranging from product definition to policy scenario analysis:


Task 1 – Scope (definitions, standards and legislation);


Task 2 – Markets (volumes and prices);


Task 3 – Users (product demand side);


Task 4 – Technologies (product supply side, includes both BAT and BNAT);


Task 5 – Environment & Economics (Base case LCA & LCC);


Task 6 – Design options;


Task 7 – Scenarios (Policy, scenario, impact and sensitivity analysis).


Tasks 1 to 4 can be performed in parallel, whereas 5, 6 and 7 are sequential.













































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