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04 January 2022

Changes to EIA 2022

The EIA list expands to include energy balancing and energy transition. Refrigeration codes and heat pumps have not changed. However, adjustments to residential complexes and commercial buildings have been added. Choices for natural refrigerants have not been implemented consistently and will cause misunderstandings. For calculations of energy prices these are for 2022 the same as 2021. For diesel savings, prices are fixed: € 0.64/l for shipping and € 1.16 for road transport.

Built environment

For storage technologies in the agricultural sector, only heat pumps with natural refrigerants are still eligible. HFCs and HFOs are no longer eligible.

It is absurd that for energy labeling the old method from 2014 is maintained and no connection can be made to BENG/Bouwbesluit 2021. The calculations for subsidies are therefore very different from the sums for the Buildings Decree. Double work and very confusing.

Maximum amount for insulation is increased by € 10/m2, also HR++ glass has a higher subsidy. The description of air curtains has been changed.

For LED lighting the number of lumen/W is set at a minimum of 125 in addition to the lifetime. Is for many suppliers challenging to achieve this. For swimming pools there is a new code with AHUs and heat pumps. Unfortunately, HFC is allowed here again.


The difference between propane or NH3 € 1500/kW and CO2 € 2,500/kW remains. No technical changes. In addition to CO2, ammonia-containing cooling networks are now also eligible.

The gas-fired high-pressure cleaner is gone from the list. This also only stopped heat pumps. CNG did come in return, but that's a different story financially. Opportunity for the heat pump.

Renewable energy

For energy from biomass, parts were removed or requirements were tightened. The solar panel combined with solar collector has been removed.

Energy balancing

Batteries are now 30 kVA eligible, this was 50 kVA. Flywheels and the saltwater battery are new to the list.

Smart grid (grid balancing) has been expanded. Certainly relevant for refrigeration technology and heat pumps.

Heat storage at least 30°C in the ground (water buffers) is now eligible.

Electrolyzer (hydrogen production) has been technically redefined, as has incorporation of hydrogen into private grids and processes. This also comes back to energy transition.

Energy transition

Radiant panels (gas-fired and infrared) remain eligible. Panels on heat pumps are not.

There are various adjustments to sources for heat pumps and to collective heating of commercial buildings and homes. It has not been consistently implemented that it is only heat pumps equipped with natural refrigerants. This is going to create a lot of ambiguity about the code under which to report. The descriptions are too long to reproduce in full here. The combination of solar PV on the same connection as the heat pump is certainly promising.


The above is a summary of Sparkling Projects. The official legal text can be found atwww.rvo.nl/EIA. Please contact us for further clarification.

Steven Lobregt, sl@sparklingprojects.nl