EU sets eco-design requirements for electric fans

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has issued a regulation implementing new energy efficiency requirements for fans driven by electric motors.

The regulation, which was published in April 2011 in the Official Journal of the European Union, is considered an implementation measure under the EU’s Eco-Design Directive, 2009/125/EC.  That directive gives the Commission the authority to establish minimum efficiency standards for those “energy-related products representing significant volume of sales and trade, having significant environmental impact and presenting significant potential for improvement in terms of their environmental impact without entailing excessive costs.”

The new energy efficiency requirements for electric fans, which come into effect beginning on 1 January 2013, are defined in Sections 1 and 2 of Annex I of the regulation.  Compliance with the requirements is calculated following the methods described in Annex II of the regulation.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s regulation regarding the eco-design of electric fans.