Chris Pateman: European Commission is starting to listen.

EuP: victory for common sense

Published:  24 March, 2010

LONDON/BRUSSELS: The threat hanging over merchants' and installers' ability to design a home heating system using several different manufacturers' products may be retreating.

Meddlesome EU bureaucrats are finally taking onboard the message from the Builders' Merchants Federation and its lobbying partners, TACMA and the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, to preserve the merchant's and installers' right to stock and specify.

The Energy Using Products Directive should insist on a complete bundled heating package, the UK organisations stated.

This would give the boiler makers the right to choose which controls, pump and radiators were included in a pack.

According to Chris Pateman, managing director of the BMF: "It appears increasingly likely that we will end up with one energy label on the boiler, like the ones you get on a fridge or a washing machine."

The European Commission is starting to fall into line with the industry's and the UK Government's position, Mr Pateman stated.

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