Memorandum submitted by
Grundfos Pumps Ltd (FP 19)
Grundfos Pumps Ltd
is pleased to provide written evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Select
Committee inquiry into Fuel Poverty.
1.1 Background to Grundfos. Grundfos Pumps Ltd are a UK leader in
the supply of pumps and pump systems for domestic, commercial building services
and process industry applications. The
Company is part of the Grundfos Group who employs 18,000 people in sales and
production roles in 78 companies worldwide. Founded in 1945, the Group now has
an annual turnover of £1.9 billion and produces 16 million pumps per year. In the UK, we employ 370 people with a
major manufacturing facility in Sunderland.
1.2 Energy Efficient circulator pumps and
fuel poverty. Grundfos
supports the introduction of a minimum rating of Band "C" for circulator pumps
building regulations. This will provide a
major opportunity to reduce energy consumption in UK homes thereby reducing the level
of fuel poverty.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCT
2.1 Poor efficiency of existing stock. The vast majority of circulator pumps
currently installed in UK
homes are Band "D" or below. In the UK, there are
an estimated 15 million stand-alone domestic circulators
on regular boilers in the UK
of which 90 per cent are Band "D" or less.
However, less than 1 per cent of domestic pumps installed in the UK are Band
2.2 Installer decision making process. Since 2006, Band "A" circulator pumps have
been sold in the UK
by a number of UK
manufacturers with clear advantages for their users in terms of reduced energy
bills and significant carbon savings.
However, when circulator pumps fail, installers typically recommend a
low-cost option to homeowners that want a speedy and cheap solution to make
their central heating system work again.
The homeowner is often unaware that by paying an additional £20 or so,
they can have an energy efficient pump that will cut their energy bills. The payback period is commonly only 2-3 years
which compares very favourably with other measures that householders could take
such as installing double glazing.
2.3 Bring UK more into line with other
European Countries. The
should introduce minimum efficiency standards and consider other financial
incentives to bring it more into line with other forward thinking European
countries. For example, Germany and Denmark provide
financial support, and promote the use and installation of high efficiency
circulator pumps. In these two countries,
the proportion of energy efficient pumps installed vastly exceeds that of the UK.
2.4 Help meet Carbon
reduction targets. Enforcing a minimum Band "C" will help the UK
Government meet carbon reduction targets. Waiting until the EuP Directive comes into
force before implementing at least a minimum Band "C" for circulator pumps will
allow energy efficient pumps to be installed for a further two years.
Grundfos Pumps Ltd
welcomes the inquiry and urges the Committee to examine the important role that
circulator pumps can play in reducing fuel poverty. The introduction of a minimum rating of Band
"C" for circulator pumps in UK
building regulations is needed to ensure that energy efficient pumps are
installed. It is vital that this opportunity
to reduce fuel poverty is not missed.