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Heating: Energy Conservation

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure the Energy-using Products Directive does not negatively impact on the proposed UK strategy to develop the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes. (189256)

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 and ensure these do not negatively impact on the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes.

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 if he will meet representatives of the controls industry to discuss the creation of a separate standard for controls. (189903)

Heating controls play an important role in reducing the energy used by heating systems. DEFRA officials held a large stakeholder meeting on 4 February to discuss the proposals in the public consultation launched on 17 January, which set out indicative standards for better use of existing controls and advanced controls for domestic heating, and to receive feedback from industry on the Commission’s proposals on boilers and water heaters.

Officials have also held a number of ad hoc meetings with key stakeholders from the boiler and water heater industry (including a site visit to better understand the boiler supply chain) in order to discuss the implications of the proposals on boilers and water heaters for the UK.

Following receipt on 31 January of the Commission’s proposed implementing measure on boilers and water heaters under the Framework Directive on the Eco Design of Energy Using Products (EuP), the Government’s Market Transformation Programme sent a copy of the Commission’s proposals to a distribution list of several hundred stakeholders, including any business or trade association that had previously expressed an interest in receiving information on developments on heating, asking for comments within three weeks to prepare a position for the Consultation Forum meeting held on 29 February.

I have no current plans to meet representatives of the controls industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to ensure the Energy-using Products Directive complements the proposed UK strategy to develop the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes. (189905)

The Government are committed to raising product efficiency and 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 and ensure these do not negatively impact on the market for advanced heating controls in new and existing homes.

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 is available on the DEFRA website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration his Department has given to the establishment of progressive minimum standards for heating controls under the energy-using products framework directive; (190105)

(2) what steps the Government are taking to ensure the energy-using products directive complements the proposed UK strategy to develop the market for advanced heating controls;

(3) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the energy-using products directive maximises carbon savings of heating controls.

The Government are committed to raising product efficiency and 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, without negatively impacting on the market for heating controls.

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 discussions he has had with the European Commission about application of provisions matching those in the proposed energy-using products directive to boilers beyond the scope of the proposed directive. (190125)

DEFRA officials regularly meet and discuss issues on an EU level and have held formal and informal meetings with the Commission on how its proposals for implementing the energy using products directive may impact on the boiler and water heater industry.

The Commission is currently analysing responses from the boiler and water heater industry on the Commission’s proposals and DEFRA officials attended a consultation forum (comprising the Commission, European Trade Associations and other member state representatives) on the directive on 29 February where concerns raised by this industry were discussed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which bodies his Department has consulted on the development of the energy-using products framework directive; (190109)

(2) if he will meet heating controls industry representatives to discuss the creation of a standard for heating controls;

(3) what meetings with stakeholders during the three week consultation on the energy-using framework directive period his Department has planned other than the consultation forum on 29 February;

(3) what consideration the Government have given to involving industry expertise in the development of a standard for heating controls distinct from that contained in the energy-using products directive.

Heating controls play an important role in reducing the energy used by heating systems and the Government published a consultation paper on 17 January 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.

Following receipt on 31 January of the Commission's proposed implementing measure on boilers and water heaters under the framework directive on the eco design of energy using products (EuP), the Market Transformation programme sent a copy of the proposals to a distribution list of several hundred stakeholders, including any business or trade association that had previously expressed an interest in receiving information on developments on heating, asking for comments within three weeks to prepare a position for the Consultation Forum meeting on 29 February.

DEFRA officials held a large stakeholder meeting on 4 February to discuss both the proposals in the consultation paper on domestic heating and to receive feedback from industry on the Commission's proposals on boilers and water heaters. In addition, officials have held a number of ad hoc meetings with key stakeholders from the boiler and water heater industry, (including a site visit to better understand the boiler supply chain) to discuss the implications of the proposals on boilers and water heaters for the UK.

I have no current proposals to meet with the heating controls industry.