Chris Pateman: success – for the moment.

EuP fight ‘not over yet’

Published:  14 December, 2009

LONDON: Protest from lightside merchants and suppliers across Europe has won a stay of execution for EU plans to bundle boiler, controls, pump and radiator sales into a on-size-fits-all package, the Builders' Merchants Federation reported.

The Energy Using Products Directive was scheduled to be presented to ministers this month.

In its current form, it insists that the home heating system of the future would be single-pack – sourced, specified and energy-performance accredited by the boiler maker.

This would mean that merchants and installers would lose the freedom to offer multiple products from multiple manufacturers when specifying a heating system.

Said Chris Pateman, managing director of the BMF: "We have been working with the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council  to represent UK manufacturers' interests, and with our fellow trade associations across Europe to prevent the planned policy becoming law.

"The signals we have been receiving from the European Commissioner are more confusing than ever," Mr Pateman stated.

"But, for the time being, we have succeeded in postponing the implementation of a policy that would have proved to be damaging to the merchant trade."

BMF is pressing ahead with plans through its association with FEST – the pan-European lightside merchant group – to bring the UK's specific concerns directly before the Commissioner this month.

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