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20 December 2017, in Energy Saving, by Lewis Delicata

What is Lot 20 and What Does it Mean for Me

What is LOT 20?

Lot 20 is the name given to a certain subdivision of items covered by the European Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC).

Lot 20 states that all local space heaters manufactured for sale after 1st January 2018 which use electricity must comply with a minimum efficiency standard.

The aim of the legislation is to rule out inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used by products that heat our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.

This includes:

  • Storage heaters
  • Direct acting heaters
  • Portable heaters
  • Radiant heaters
  • Electric fires

This does not include:

  • Local space heaters using a vapour compression cycle (heat pumps)
  • Local space heaters that are specified for outdoor use only
  • Tubular heaters
  • Towel rails
  • Frost protection heaters

What is the European Ecodesign Directive?

This is the legalisation that Lot 20 comes from. The Ecodesign Directive sets mandatory minimum specification requirements for many different product groups. It aims to deliver more energy efficient products to reduce energy and resource consumption.

It provides Eu-wide rules putting a duty of care on manufacturers to improve the environmental performance of their products that they are unable to improve in terms of energy efficiency cannot be placed on the market, removing inefficient and poorly designed products.

Previous categories updated include:

  • Lightbulbs
  • TVs
  • Domestic appliances - dishwashers, washing machines, tumble driers
  • Gas boilers

Will product costs increase?

Lot 20 requires that the consumption and emissions for local space heaters must be reduced without an increase in the combined costs of purchasing and operating the products. This means that whilst the initial product price may increase to subsidise the new technologies, the running costs will be lower to compensate and the user will save money overall.

What does this mean for you?

You can be confident that you have a better-quality product, using smart technologies that can help keep running costs to a minimum with increased control. This improved energy efficiency of the products may help increase your properties energy ratings, and running costs will decrease.

You do not need to replace your existing heaters. Just be aware that non-compliant products will no longer be manufactured from 1st January 2018, but can still be sold after that date until they are cleared through the market. This means that there is no immediate need for a review of your heating, just a change in what is available to you if you do look to undertake refurbishment and replacement projects in the future.