The sector is gearing up for new European regulations on Ecolabelling and Ecodesign for biomass equipment

Monday, 22 June, 2015

The International Bioenergy Congress, organised by AVEBIOM, will deal with the legislative changes that will affect the sector over the coming years

The regulations regarding energy labelling for solid fuel boilers (lot 15) and local space heaters (lot 20) were adopted by the Commission in April. The proposals for Regulation are at the control stage. During this stage the European Parliament and Council still have the right to request amendments before publication. This control period is likely to last until July 2015.

The new requirements for Ecolabelling will be mandatory in the EU from 2017 on.

For biomass local space heaters, a factor of 1.45 has been selected for application to the label, compared to a value of 1 for fossil fuel installations. This means that the best solid-fuel space heating equipment can attain the A++ rating.

The Regulations for Ecodesign in Lot 15 (biomass boilers) and Lot 20 (solid fuel space heaters) were adopted by the Commission in April and will be published in a few months in the Official Journal of the EU. Once published, they will come directly into full force in all European Union Member States.

The Regulations for Ecodesign for biomass boilers will come into force from 1st January 2020 for all boilers under 500 kW using solid fuel. The requirements to be met from that date on will be based on class 5 in the UNE 303-5 norm. As for solid fuel space heaters, the regulations will come into force from 1st January, 2022 for all stoves under 50 kW. Four equipment types are recognised: stoves, stoves using pellets, cookers and open equipment.

These and other legislative measures promoted by the EU are aimed at encouraging efficient use of fuel from renewable sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In this way, the EU is taking firm steps in its intentions to meet its ambitious medium-term targets.

The International Bioenergy Congress, organised by AVEBIOM, will deal with the legislative changes that will affect the sector in the coming years.

Block 2 of the Congress, entitled ‘Towards a low emissions biomass sector’, will show the main legislative changes that will affect the sector over the coming years: Royal Decree on protection of the atmosphere, Ecodesign and Ecolabelling Regulations, New Directive for Medium and Small Power Installations, etc. There will also be a presentation of the main technologies available for reducing and monitoring biomass installation emissions and their practical application.

Source: AVEBIOM

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