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ErP: The countdown is running!

Managing Director Thomas Borst on the effects of the EU directive


Dear readers, commission regulation (EU) No 327 / 2011 of of 30 March 2011 will bring a fresh breeze into your life as of 1 January of the year 2013. At least if your professional life is associated with fans. This directive defines the minimum efficiency level required of all fans that will be put on the market as of January 1, 2013 with an electric drive input ranging from 125 watt, no matter if they are part of a product or stand-alone. We estimate that approximately 30 percent of all fans currently available on the market will no longer satisfy these stringent requirements of the Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) of the European Union. And as of 2015, when the second stage of the ErP Directive becomes effective, approximately another 20 percent of fans used throughout Europe will no longer meet the minimum criteria.

Now is the time to act. The background of these stringent regulations is the EU’s pledge to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 20 percent by 2020, as documented in the Kyoto Protocol. The bottom line is that the ErP Directives are a good thing: for worldwide climate protection, electricity bills inindustry and other businesses – and for all market participants who switch to modern, energyefficient products in a timely manner.

Our formula for stress-free dealing with the fan directive is called “GreenTech”. Compared to conventional fans with AC motors, GreenTech EC fans attain a much higher efficiency than demanded. At their best, they are some 50 percent more energy-saving and operate extremely quietly due to optimised speed level techniques and the aerodynamic design of the impellers. Moreover, they are extremely reliable and durable.

Best of all: For nearly every fan that will no longer be permitted in the future, there is already an energy-efficient GreenTech replacement which not only fulfils the specifications of the directive, but even significantly exceeds them. You can find detailed information and decision-making aids dealing with the topic of the ErP here. All GreenTech EC products are “Ready for ErP 2015”!

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