Here is a summary of regulatory and standards activities within the EU.
Regulation 640/2009 Electric Motors
The European Commission launched a preparatory study for a further regulation, with the intention of extending the scope to include, amongst other things, single-phase motors, power outputs from 0.120 kW to 1000 kW and Variable Speed Drives. The preliminary study was completed and a Consultation Forum meeting held on 29th September 2014. As the current regulation was also due for review, the proposal in the working document is to repeal Regulation 640/2009 and replace it with single regulation with extended scope. The proposed draft regulation is now being prepared for presentation to the Interservice (Internal) Consultation Forum, which will probably take place in March/April 2015.
If all goes to plan, Tier 1 requirements will be implemented 1st January 2017. Tier 2 requirements will be implemented 1st January 2018.
Regulation 327/2011 Industrial Fans
This Regulation was published 30th March 2011. It defines FMEG minimum target efficiencies for fans (and impellers), regardless of whether or not they are supplied with a motor. Fans with an electrical input power consumption of 0.125 kW to 500kW are included in the scope.
Tier 1 requirements were implemented 1st January 2013. Tier 2 requirements will be implemented 1st January 2015.
A Review of the Regulation has begun. European AMCA and many of our members are registered as stakeholders. The second Stakeholder meeting took place in Brussels on 22nd January 2015. The European Commission Consultants are still working through comments received on their proposals in order to complete the preparatory study for presentation and discussion at the Consultation Forum.
CEN TC 156/WG17 is progressing with the work on a Harmonised Standard, under a mandate from the European Commission, to provide instruction and guidance on compliance with Regulation 327. It will reference other standards, including EN ISO 5801 (laboratory testing of fans) and EN ISO 12759 (fan efficiency). The last meeting was held in London in December 2014 and the next meeting will take place in Frankfurt on 23rd & 24th February 2015.
An Ecodesign Regulation on residential and non-residential ventilation units (NRVUs) was adopted on 7th July 2014. Box Fans and Roof Fans with flow rates from 250 m3/hr and 1000 m3/hr come within the definition of NRVUs.
The Regulation has been published. Tier 1 requirements will be implemented on 1st January 2016, and Tier 2 requirements will be implemented on 1st January 2018.
The European Commission has issued a mandate for the drafting of a supporting Harmonised Standard. The work will probably progress in CEN TC WG/17.
Material Efficiency Under Ecodesign
The European Commission issued a standardization request with regard to ecodesign requirements on material efficiency aspects: recyclability, recoverability, reusability, reversible, disassembly and end of life extraction time. The request was not accepted by CEN and CENELEC. A task force has begun work in a joint effort to produce a “refined” version that is acceptable to all parties.
Market Surveillance (Ecopliant)
The European Ecodesign Compliance Project is intended to provide help and guidance to European Member States’ Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) to enable a best-practice, uniform approach and a strengthening of Market Surveillance throughout the EU. The project is run by a consortium of National Government policy leads and MSAs from 10 Member states. From time to time, the consortium meets with a small appointed Industry Advisory Group. A draft of the final project reports and recommendations (due to be published in April 2015) has been circulated for final comments.
Jet Fan Standard
The revision of EN ISO 13350 has received approval. Some final editorial corrections have been sent to ISO for inclusion in the publication. Members of the working group are evaluating the application of thrust-based efficiency estimation with a view to making a recommendation to the European Commission on the best way forward in defining/setting efficiency targets.
ATEX (Hazardous Area) Fan Standard
This standard is nearing completion of its revision. The final draft EN is in preparation and will hopefully be completed during a two day meeting of the Working Group in Rome on 11th & 12th March 2015
Emergency Smoke and Heat Control Fan Standard
The revision of EN 12101-3 has received a positive vote from a majority of Member States. Before the Revised Standard is published, it is possible that the Working Group will need to reconvene for a meeting to deal with some of the comments received. Some instruction from CEN TC 191 is forthcoming.