The European Commission's energy-using products (EuP) directive is to be enforced by the end of the year, it has been announced.

Designed to assist the nation in its bid to reduce energy consumption in line with government guidelines by 2050, the directive was initially planned to launch in 2009. However, due to issues raised by various heating industry members, plans were postponed.

The impending directive has also faced some changes. For instance, the initial plan to provide boilers with control systems including room thermostats and radiator valves may be scrapped.

Martyn Bridges from Worcester, Bosch Group, said: "The requirement for controls to be dispatched with the boiler was impractical due to wide variations in the size of houses and the ability of different individuals to use and programme more complex control devices."

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