Eco Design Directive

The objective of the new European Eco Design Directive is the integration of environmental aspects into product design with the aim of improving the environmental performance of the product throughout its whole life cycle.

In 2009, the EU adopted the Directive 2009/125/EC on Eco Design. The objective of the new European Eco Design Directive is the integration of environmental aspects into product design with the aim of improving the environmental performance of the product throughout its whole life cycle.

Air conditioners have been identified as Energy Related Products (ERPs) because have an impact on energy consumption during use. Therefore a new set of rules for the assessment of energy efficiency have been defined and will be incorporated into the new way of labeling energy efficiency classification.

The requirements on energy efficiency shall take into account the reference design conditions as specified in the EuP Lot 10 and shall determine the minimum seasonal efficiency (according to EU Regulation 206/2012) and seasonal efficiency ratio (according to EU Regulation 626/2011) for all air conditioners cooling capacity below 12 kW, imported into Europe from 1 January 2013.

Energy efficiency values, together with the sound levels of the units, will be reflected in the new Energy label to allow end-customers to do better and environmentally sensible choice.

From 1 January 2013, air conditioners shall correspond to minimum energy efficiency requirements. If the new minimum efficiency classes are not reached, an import ban for the European Union takes effect for that product since the Energy label is part of the CE conformity.

SEER and SCOP

These values indicate the Seasonal Efficiency in Cooling (SEER) and heating mode (SCOP) calculated on annual operating hours at different climate zones.

Climate zones

To better evaluate the consumption Europe has been divided in three different climate zones:

  • Warmer Zone – annual temperature of Athens
  • Average Zone – annual temperature of Strasbourg
  • Colder Zone – annual temperature of Helsinki

Products with SEER and SCOP values lower than class D in SEER and Class B in SCOP or with elevated noise levels cannot be imported in Europe and will not be allowed to use the CE mark.

Toshiba applies the new calculation methods of the ecodesign directive and all its products will be in line with Lot10 and Lot11 requirements.

Toshiba provides all Technical Data for all its products on a Free Access Website on the following address: http://ecodesign.toshiba-airconditioning.eu

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