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The EuP directive for circulators is soon to become stricter on the sale of standalone circulator pumps and only the most efficient A-labelled pumps currently in usage conform to the EuP directive for circulators. The ecodesign requirements for glandless standalone circulators (laid down in Commission Regulation No 641/2009 of 22 July 2009) will now be a part of the Declaration of Conformity (CE). Without a CE mark, a product may not be sold within the EU. The directive for circulators will be implemented in the following steps:

From January 1st 2013, glandless standalone circulators, (except for those specifically designed for primary circuits of thermal solar systems and heat pumps) must have an energy efficiency index (EEI) of no more than 0.27.

From August 1st 2015, glandless standalone circulators as well as glandless circulators, which are integrated in products, must have an EEI of no more than 0.23.
For circulators, the directive is based on these principles:

  • Annual electricity consumption in the EU (EU27) is 50 TWh per year (2009)
  • The estimated electricity consumption in the EU without legislation would be 55 TWh by 2020
  • The estimated electricity consumption in the EU with legislation would be 32 TWh by 2020

Massive energy savings

The directive thus implies electricity savings of 23 TWh in the EU by 2020, which is equivalent to the residential electricity consumption of 14 million people in EU. This harmonises with the estimated CO2 reductions of 11 million tonnes CO2 in the EU by 2020