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ETL Research Programme

The annual ETL Research Programme defines the criteria for products on the list.

2020 Research Programme Update

ICF are now embarking on completing the 2020 Research programme. BEIS has approved our recommendations for the vast majority of technologies/studies. These recommendations were based on the extensive stakeholder consultation and engagement exercise delivered in 2020. ICF will now consult with manufacturers, suppliers, associations and other stakeholders about applying the recommendations, and drafting the appropriate changes to the criteria (for technical reviews) or drafting complete new criteria (for scoping studies).
ICF have started rolling these proposals out to stakeholders and will be continuing with this and collecting feedback over the summer. Once complete, the criteria can be finalised, published and launched. Some technologies under technical review will require a product reassessment, to ensure currently listed products meet the new criteria.
ICF are in the process of drafting and consulting on new criteria resulting from the following scoping studies: Commercial Fans, Combination Steam Ovens, Convection Ovens, Undercounter Dishwashers, Hood-door Type Dishwashers, Building Energy Management Systems and Laboratory Grade Refrigerators and Freezers.
ICF are applying the recommended changes to the following existing criteria and consulting with stakeholders on: Gas-fired Condensing Water Heaters, Close Control Air Conditioning Equipment, Biomass Boilers, Hand Dryers, Desiccant Air Dryers with Energy Saving Controls, Refrigerated Air Dryers with Energy Saving Controls, Steam Boilers, aM&T sub-metering systems, Efficient White Lighting Units, Retrofit Measures for Open Fronted Refrigerated Display Cabinets, ORC Heat Recovery Equipment, Screw Expanders and Non-condensing or Back Pressure Turbines.
BEIS also accepted ICF’s horizontal thematic studies on Smart Technologies, Product Systems and Building Information Modelling, and applying these to the ETL.
All stakeholders who engaged last year in the Research programme are being, or will be, contacted, but stakeholders can also take part by contacting ICF at:

2021 Research Programme Update

ICF will also shortly commence the 2021 Research programme. The scope of the new Research programme will include a range of technical reviews to existing criteria, as well as kicking off a suite of new scoping studies which have progressed via the ETL’s New Technology Proposal pathway. Further details on this to follow, but the technical reviews will include technologies spanning boiler equipment, heat pumps, refrigeration, HVAC and lighting. Our scoping studies will continue expanding ETL into Professional Foodservice Equipment, as well as kicking off studies for Showers and Energy Storage.