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Energy: Conservation

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the proposed implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive for boilers being outside the scope of the Directive. (189251)

DEFRA officials regularly meet and have discussions at EU level, including on energy efficient products, and have held formal and informal meetings with the Commission on the Energy Using Products Directive.

The Commission is currently analysing responses from the boiler and water heater industry on its proposals for implementation of the Energy Using Products Directive. DEFRA officials are due to attend a Consultation Forum (comprising the Commission, European Trade Associations and other member state representatives) on the directive on 29 February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will meet representatives of the controls industry to discuss their proposal for the creation of a separate standard for controls rather than the bundled approach proposed in the energy-using products directive; (189253)

(2) what assessment the Government have made of the consequences Lot 1 of the energy-using products directive will have on the UK heating controls industry;

(3) whether the Government have considered using industry expertise to work with the European Commission to produce a separate standard for heating controls rather than including them with boilers as outlined in the energy using products directive.

DEFRA officials have invited key stakeholders, including members of the boiler and water heater industry, to discuss implementation of the energy using products directive and raise any concerns on implications for the UK. The Commission is currently analysing responses from the industry and the alternative proposals it has put forward.

The Government's market transformation programme is currently assessing the full range of possible impacts of implementation of the energy using products directive, based on the Commission's current proposals.

DEFRA officials will also shortly be attending meetings with the European trade associations in order to learn more about the issues the boiler and heating industry face across Europe.

Heating controls play an important role in improving the efficiency of heating systems and the Government have recently published a consultation paper setting out indicative standards for better use of existing controls and advanced controls for domestic heating. A copy of the consultation document is available on DEFRA's website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what position his officials will be taking on the Energy-using Products Directive at the Implementing Measure Consulting Forum on 29 February. (189254)

The Government generally see Consultation Forum meetings as an opportunity for industry to let the Commission know of their concerns directly. The Government are aware that the industry has raised significant concerns about these proposals and DEFRA officials are assessing the feedback we have received, with a view to relaying these concerns to the Commission at the Consultation Forum meeting on 29 February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration his Department has given to the report produced by the consultancy commissioned by the European Commission to write a preparatory study for the Energy-using Products Directive. (189257)

DEFRA officials are aware of the report, produced by the consultancy VHK on behalf of the Commission, on implementation of the Energy Using Products Directive.

The Government’s Market Transformation Programme is currently assessing its recommendations and assumptions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Energy Using Products Directive ensures the maximum potential carbon savings of heating controls are realised. (189259)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Government are taking to maximise the carbon reduction impact of the energy-using products directive, with reference to heating controls; (189464)

(2) what steps he plans to take to take account of the potential effects of the energy-using products directive in developing the proposed strategy for developing the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes.

The Government are committed to raising product efficiency. We are working with key stakeholders from the boiler and water heater industry and the European Commission to develop proposals which will maximise the standards and efficiency of products covered by the energy using products directive.

Heating controls play an important role in improving the efficiency of heating systems and the Government have recently published a consultation paper setting out indicative standards for better use of existing controls and advanced controls for domestic heating. A copy of the consultation document is available on the DEFRA website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration the Government have given to the development of a discrete standard for heating controls under the Energy-using Products Directive; and if he will establish a working group including industry experts to examine this matter. (189465)

DEFRA officials have held a range of meetings with key stakeholders, including members of the boiler and water heater industry, to present the Commission proposals and discuss concerns on implementing the energy using products directive in the UK. The Commission and DEFRA officials are currently analysing responses from the industry and the alternative proposals it has put forward.

Heating controls play an important role in improving the efficiency of heating systems and the Government have recently published a consultation paper setting out indicative standards for better use of existing controls and advanced controls for domestic heating. A copy of the consultation document is available on the DEFRA website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what account the Government has taken of the potential electrical and electronic waste arising after 2013 in its consideration of the implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive in relation to supply system bundles; (189470)

(2) what estimates he has (a) made and (b) evaluated on the potential effect of the Energy-using Products Directive on the UK boiler industry; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s Market Transformation Programme is currently assessing the full range of possible impacts of the implementation of the energy-using products directive, based on the Commission’s current proposals.

Officials are due to attend a meeting of the Consultation Forum (comprising the Commission, European Trade Associations and other member state representatives) to discuss the Commission’s proposals on boilers and water heaters on 29 February.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of the heating controls industry to discuss the creation of a separate standard for controls, with reference to the implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive. (189479)

DEFRA officials have held a number of meetings with key members of the boiler and water heater industry to present the Commission proposals under the energy-using products framework directive and to discuss the implications of these for UK industry. DEFRA officials are currently analysing responses from the industry and the alternative proposals it has put forward.

DEFRA officials will shortly be attending meetings with the European Trade Associations in order to learn more about the issues this industry faces across Europe.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the scope of the Energy-using Products Directive as it relates to boilers. (189481)

DEFRA officials regularly meet and have discussions at EU level, including on energy efficient products, and have held a number of meetings with the Commission on the energy-using products directive, including an informal meeting on the Commission’s proposed implementing measure on boilers and water heaters.

The Commission is currently analysing responses from the boiler and water heater industry on its proposals for boilers and water heaters. DEFRA officials are due to attend a Consultation Forum (comprising the Commission, European Trade Associations and other member state representatives) on these proposals on 29 February.