OFTEC, working closely with DECC, DEFRA and other EU Member State organisations, has secured a ‘major win’ for the oil heating industry over a new EU standard limiting Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emission levels from boilers.
The revised standard, which in its earlier form would have had severe repercussions for UK boiler manufacturers, now gives them until 2022 to develop a new generation of oil boiler that will meet the more stringent requirements.
The limit on NOx emissions produced by oil boilers is outlined in the Ecodesign Directive which governs the design and performance of energy-using products to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact.
OFTEC technical director Paul Rose comments: “The EU’s decision is a major win for the oil heating industry which will now preserve the use of yellow flame burners, subject to meeting other Ecodesign requirements, for at least another eight years. This should provide sufficient time for oil boiler manufacturers to develop appliances which emit lower NOx levels for future use and for technicians to acquire the necessary skills to maintain these.”