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ECO-Design for Energy Efficiency
- Framework Directive with Implementation Measures

Updated: Regulation on Vacuum Cleaners updated in September 2014.

In this Page:

· A Process Covering 40+ Energy Using Products in the EU. Read

· Ecodesign, 2014, 2012. Read

· Focus on Solid Fuel Combustion. Read

· Standby consumption - now also for networks. Read

· A + + +, how the label develops. Read


· INFORSE's Positions. Read
» 09.2014 - Vacuum Cleaners
» 02.2012 - Professional refrigerating and freezing equipment
» 12.2011 - Coffee Machines
» 09.2011 - Network Standby Modes
» 05.09.2011 -
Advanced proposal for Vacuum cleaners
» 07.2011 - Advanced proposal for Water pumps

» 07.2011 - Directional lamps and luminaries
» 05.2011 - Final drafts for boilers
» 24.09.2010 - Tertiary Lighting: Luminaries

» 09.2010 - Water heaters

» 22.06.2010 - Household Tumble Driers
» 22.06.2010 - Vacuum Cleaners
» 01.04.2010 - Display Cabinets and Vending Machines
» 04.03.2010 - Label for TVs

» 03.02. 2010 - Fans
»
29.01.2010 - Boilers
»
05.10.2009 - Imaging Equipments
» 15.10.2009 - Computers and Displays
»
18.09.2009 - Launch of Sustainable Energy Vision 2030 - Denmark

» 19.08.2009 - Boilers
»
15.07.2009 - Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State Aid to the Coal Industry"
»
19.06.2009 - Boilers and Central Heating Sources
»
17.06.2009 - Air Conditioners

· Products Covered. Read
· Procedures of Directive, Recast (2008-10) Implementation. Read

The Ecodesign process is regulated by the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) 2009/125/EC, that establishes a framework for the setting of Ecodesign requirements (such as energy efficiency requirements) for all energy-using products and energy-related products (ErP)* in the residential, tertiary and industrial sectors. The Ecodesign Directive is supplemented by the energy labelling directive.
Aim: Reducing the environmental impact of products, including the energy consumption throughout their entire life cycle.
* Energy related products are defined as products that use(convert) energy carriers in the form of gas, oil, electricity or others (such as a boiler, an energy using product) or that cause energy use (such as a window where, heat losses are determining the energy use of the boiler, - the window is therefore said to be energy-related)

A Process Covering 40+ Energy Using Products in the EU
EU is in a process of covering most energy using products on the markets of the EU countries with Ecodesign regulation, a regulation that sets minimum energy efficiency requirements and other environmental requirements, based on a life-cycle approach. Regulation and other measures will cover at least 32 product groups as well as 2 horizontal aspects (standby consumption and electric motors). For each product group or horizontal measures is adopted an implementation measure, typically an internal market regulation. Also voluntary agreements are possible measures. Often the process also involves mandatory energy efficiency labelling with the Energy Labelling Directive( 2010/30/EU). For many products these measures can reduce consumption 25% or more. The currect Ecodesign directive was adopted november 2009 as a revision of the 2005-Ecodesign directive, enlarging the scope to energy related products. This could for instance be windows that are important for heat consumption of a house, but do not directly consume fuel or other delivered energy.

The process for each product group is:
• The European Commission launches a preparatory study made by experts, with stakeholder (industry, NGOs) consultation, typically 1-2 years.
• The Commission, using the outcomes of the study, issues a Working Document suggesting policy options.
• One month later, discussion of the document in the “ Consultation Forum” composed of stakeholders including INFORSE-Europe and other NGOs and industry groups.
• After a social and economic impact assessment, a proposal for EU regulation is made by the EU Commission, typically 3 months after the Consultation Forum. This final draft measure is submitted for vote to the Regulatory Committee composed of Member States officials. Amendments can be discussed and a qualified majority has to be reached for the vote.
• Adoption of EU Commission in cooperation with EU countries (for energy efficiency requirements that are under the Ecodesign directive the countries have to approve regulation with qualified majority while for labelling the countries only have a right to veto a proposal with qualified majority. This difference is because only the labeling directive follows the Lisbon Treaty as this directive was adopted after December 2009)
• "Scrutiny" by EU Parliament (and with Lisbon also by EU countries), where a majority of EU parliamentarians (or EU countries) can stop a measure, 2 months
• Official entry into force of regulation(s)
• Typically 1 year after regulation enters into force, companies must only put on the EU market products that follow the regulation and has the necessary labels. Only such products can carry the "CE" label.
• Typically 2-3 years later stronger energy efficiency requirements are introduced as a second step
• Typically 4-5 years after a regulation enters into force it is reviewed, and a revision might take place (this has not happened yet since the regulation is new).

Products covered by regulations that are already in force are: standby and off -mode losses, simple set-top boxes, non directional household lamps, tertiary sector lighting products, external power supplies, electric motors, circulators, TVs, domestic refrigerators and freezers, household washing machines, household dishwashers, air conditioners and fans.
You can find all the regulation and its amendments here.
Read the product types below


Ecodesign 2014
September 2014: New regulations on Vacuum Cleaners. Read INFORSE's Press Release, which includes explanation.

Ecodesign 2012
July 2012
: The development of Ecodesign measures continues, and more product groups are being covered:
- Energy-efficiency requirements for domestic air-conditioners, non-residential fans, dishwashers, washing machines and water pumps have been implemented in the last years.
- Energy efficiency requirements and labelling for domestic tumble driers.
- Energy efficiency requirements for directional lamps were agreed in July 2012
- Energy efficiency requirements and labels for boilers and water heaters are on their way with decisions expected before the end of 2012. Boilers and water heaters have the highest energy reduction potentials of all product groups.
- The first standards to be developed through the alternative voluntary agreement route, covering complex set-top boxes and imaging equipment, should also be finalised next year.
- In discussions are requirements for computers, networked standby modes, domestic ventilation, vacuum cleaners and
- There have also been consultations on commercial and professional refrigeration, coffee machines, ovens and hobs and electrical transformers, and a Consultation Forum on solid fuel combustion has just taken place the 12th of July (for boilers) with another (for stoves) planned for September 2012.


Focus on Solid Fuel Combustion
The regulation of stoves and other small biomass installations is important as they can be important contributors to replace fossil fuels with renewable biomass, but they can also be local pollution problems. With new technology and good regulation, biomass can be used more efficiently, thus replacing more fossil fuel, and making less pollution. In the EU Ecodesign process regulation of small solid fuel installations is under preparation since 2009. Finally, the EC launched a working document on boilers, and the 12th of July 2012 it has been a Consultation Forum in which INFORSE-Europe has participated. An addtional working documents is now released on stoves/ovens with a consultation forum planned for September. Together the regulations will cover boilers, ovens, stoves for cooking, fireplaces (as far as fireplaces are sold as products) that use wood or coal. Straw and other solid biomass is not included in the current proposals.

See preparatory study on: www.ecosolidfuel.org. INFORSE-Europe also worked on proposals for requirements together with other NGOs. Our ideas reflecting on the first parts of the preparatory study, specifically on air pollution, are summarised here (pdf file). Comments are welcome.


Standby - now also for networks
Since January 2010, most products put on the market in EU satisfy the new standby criteria:
No more consumption than 1 Watt for stand-by and off-mode, or 2 Watts if there is a display. From the 7th of January 2013 the requirements will be 0.5 Watt for stand-by and off-mode, or 1 Watt if there is a display.
The introduction of this regulation has been welcomed by all, and it seems that no complaints have been made, but the regulation is not covering the increasing number of products that are connected to a data network (internet, local networks, TV networks).

Now the process has started to limit the stand-by consumption of products connected to networks that can be activated via network (cable or wireless), with requirements that are in a final stage of approval (the draft of the regulation is going to be voted at the end of 2012). The standby criteria planned for these products are: from January 2014 no more than 4 Watts in products with low network availability, and 8 Watts in products with high network availability; and from 2016 no more than 2 and 8 respectively.



A + + + and the Development of Labelling
A compromise was reached late in 2009 for EU labelling for energy efficiency, after a year of negotiations and a veto against a label scheme by the EU Parliament. The compromise is that the A-G scale will be retained; but when a majority of products are in the upper class(es), there will be not recalling as promoted by NGOs and the EU Parliament. Instead, the new classes of A+, A++ and even A+++ will be added. The new A+++ labels are now introduced for some products. The system will be evaluated in 2014, and a new discussion on better labels can start.


INFORSE´s Positions:

INFORSE-Europe has a permanent seat in the Consultation Forum together with WWF, Greenpeace, CAN-Europe, EEB, ECOS and other NGOs. We cooperate on our inputs to the process as well as more generally in the Cool Products Campaign and collect our positions etc. on our common website Ecodesign of Products: Views of Environmental NGOs on the EuP Policy. We develop common position to better argue for high energy efficiency requirements and good consumer information via labels etc.

INFORSE & NGOs positions:

01.09.2014 - Vacuum Cleaners
Press Release on Vacuum Cleaners - (pdf file 241 kb)

02.2012 - Professional Refrigerating and Freezing Equipment
Joint position from environmental NGOs
(pdf file 50 Kb)

12.2011 - Coffee Machines
Joint position from environmental NGOs
(pdf file 159 Kb)

09.2011 - Network Standby Modes
ECOS position paper (pdf file 50 Kb)

05.09.2011 - Advanced Proposal for Vacuum Cleaners
ECOS advanced proposal (pdf file 26 Kb)

07.2011 - Advanced Proposal for Water Pumps
ECOS advanced proposal – click here

07.2011 - Directional Lamps and Luminaries
Joint position from environmental NGOs
(pdf file 162 Kb)

05.2011 - Final Drafts for Boilers
Joint position from environmental NGOs on the EC Working Documents on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling for boilers of March 2011 (pdf file 182 Kb)

24.09.2010 - Tertiary lighting: Luminaries
Joint position paper from ECOS and ECEEE (pdf file 77 Kb)

09.2010 - Water Heaters
Joint position paper from environmental NGOs (pdf file 183 Kb)

22.06.2010 - Household Tumble Driers
Joint Position from Environmental NGOs on the EC Working Document on the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Household Tumble Driers
(pdf file 181 kB)

22.06.2010 - Vacuum Cleaners
Joint Position from Environmental NGOs - (pdf file 170 kB)

01.04.2010 - Display Cabinets and Vending Machines
Joint Opinion from Environmental NGOs on the approach for setting Ecodesign rules for display cabinets and vending machines
click here.

04.03.2010 - Label for TVs
Joint Position from Environmental NGOs on the revised version of the proposed Energy Label for TVs.
Comments
(pdf file 181 kB)

03.02. 2010 - Fans
Joint Position from Environmental NGOs on Fans
(pdf file 51 kB)

29.01.2010 - Boilers
Joint position from Environmental NGOs on the final version of the methodology for the Ecodesign measures on Boilers
Second technical contribution from ECOS and INFORSE on the methodology (pdf file 97 kB)
First technical contribution from ECOS and INFORSE on the methodology (pdf file 101 kB)


05.10.2009 - Imaging Equipments
Joint position by ECOS, INFORSE-Europe, FoE-Europe, CAN-Europe, EEB, WWF-European Policy Office on the proposed Voluntary Initiative Agreements on Imaging Equipment and Complex Set Top Boxes (pdf file 199 kB)

15.10.2009 - Computers and Displays
Joint position by ECOS, INFORSE-Europe, FoE-Europe, CAN-Europe, EEB, WWF-European Policy Office (pdf file)

18.09.2009
- Launch of Sustainable Energy Vision 2030 - Denmark
Press Release (pdf file 32kB) and Background

19.08.2009 - Boilers
Position on Green Public Procurement of Boilers.
Information and Position (pdf file 211 kB)

15.07.2009 - Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State Aid to the Coal Industry"
Response on Consultation on the aftermath of the expiry of Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State Aid to the Coal Industry"
Position (pdf file 29 kB)

19.06.2009 - Boilers and Central Heating Sources
Environmental NGOs (ECOS, INFORSE-Europe, FoE Europe, CAN-Europe, EEB, WWF) Joint Position on Boilers
(pdf file 194 kB)

17.06.2009 - Air Conditioners
Environmental NGOs (ECOS, INFORSE-Europe, FoE Europe, CAN-Europe, EEB, WWF) Joint Position on Energy Labelling requirements for Room Air Conditioners (pdf file 204 kB)


Read more positions at the NGO EU web site.

Together with many other NGOs, INFORSE-Europe has agreed an Energy Efficiency Manifesto, see Manifesto on Cool Products website.

In the Consultation Forum INFORSE-Europe works for:

  • strong, but practical possible energy efficiency standards that moves the market by excluding inefficient products currently on the market
  • fast implementation of measures, typically one year after they are approved
  • a multi-step approach with stronger energy efficiency regulation 2-3 years after the first step and update after 5-6 years to include new technical progress.
  • information to consumers on energy consumption of products, including standby consumption and typical annual consumption.
  • only use of voluntary agreements where the size of the market is small, typically smaller than 200,000 units sold per year, there are minimal free-rider problems with companies outside the agreement, and a preparatory study has documented efficiency potentials and effects of possible measures (typically of internal market regulation and of a voluntary agreement).

For each product type, INFORSE-Europe adopts a specific position together with ECOS and other NGOs.

Read more about the Ecodesign Directive and implementation measures at: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/ecodesign/eco_design_en.htm
and about NGO positions at www.ecostandard.org, env-ngo.eup-network.de and www.coolproducts.eu


Products Covered
(so far):

  • Domestic Non-directional Lamps: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum in March 2008. Market Regulation approved by EU countries December 2008. Regulation entered into force April 2009 and the first general lamps (frosted lamps and clear lamps above 75 Watt) had to fulfill efficiency requirements as well as quality requirements from September 2009. The requirements will be increased in 6 steps, one step every year until 2016. The phasing out incandescent light bulbs was adopted in 2009 and the last stage of the ban will enter into force in September 2012.
  • Domestic Directional Lamps: An ecodesign working document for halogens and LEDs and a revised Energy label for lamps were discussed in July 2011. Advanced drafts have been submitted to the EC Interservice Consultation in February 2012.
  • Standby and Off-mode Losses of EuPs: Study completed and proposals discussed at Consultation Forum in October 2007. Market regulation approved by countries July 2008, regulation entered into force January 2009 and all products put on market after January 2010 must comply. An amendment to cover network standby modes was discussed in September 2011.
  • Simple Set Top Boxes for TV: Study completed, proposals discussed at Consultation Forum in February 2008. Market Regulation agreed by EU countries October 2008 and entered into force February 2009. Boxes put on market after February 2010 shall comply with energy efficiency requirements. The latest tier entered into force in Feb. 2012. Voluntary agreement proposed by industry on complex set top boxes, possibly endorsed by the European Commission in 2012.
  • Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies: Study completed, proposals discussed at Consultation Forum in February 2008. Market regulation for external power supplies approved October 2008 by countries and regulation entered into force April 2009. All products put on market after April 2010 must comply with minimum efficiency requirements. The latest tier entered into force in April 2011. Voluntary commitment by the mobile phone industry in 2009 to promote a universal charger. Preparatory study on uninterruptible power supplies to be launched.
  • Office Lighting (tertiary lighting): Study completed. Proposals discussed at Consultation Forum in December 2007. Included in market regulation on tertiary lighting that was adopted by countries September 2008. It covers fluorescent lamps without in-built ballasts, high-intensity discharge lamps and ballasts and luminaries for such lamps. The regulation entered into force April 2009 and all products put on market after April 2010 must comply; BUT following protest from lamp manufacturers a new Consultation forum was organised September 2009 and amendments were done in 2010 resulting in lower requirements for specific lamps. Consultation on additional measures for luminaries organised in Sept. 2010.
  • (Public) Street Lighting (tertiary lighting): Study completed and proposals discussed at Consultation Forum in July 2007. Included in market regulation on tertiary lighting that entered into force April 2009. All products put on market after April 2010 must comply, but some lamps have had lower requirements with an amendment in 2010 as for office light. Amended in 2010. Consultation on additional measures for luminaries organised in Sept. 2010.
  • Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum December 2008. Regulation agreed by countries March 2009 and the regulation entered into force August 2009 and all products put on market from July 2010 shall comply with minimum efficiency requirements and some consumer information; also Energy label regulations were revised in 2010. BUT the energy efficiency labelling is not updated due to disputes regarding the format of the label. The next tier of the Ecodesign regulation entered into force in July 2012
  • Televisions: Study completed. Consultation Forum October 2008, proposal agreed by regulatory committee March 2009, and the minimum requirement entered into force August 2009 and all products put on market after August 2010 must comply with minimum efficiency requirements; the Energy Label regulation was adopted in 2010. Next tier entered into force in April 2012. Revision of the Ecodesign regulation planned in 2012.
  • Electric Motors 1-150 kW: Study completed. Proposals discussed at Consultation Forum in May 2008. Regulation agreed by countries March 2009 and entered into force August 2009. Motors put on market after June 2011 shall comply with minimum efficiency requirements. Amendments envisaged in 2012. Preparatory study to cover special motors will be launched in 2012.
  • Circulator Pumps: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum May 2008. Regulation agreed by countries March 2009 and entered into force August 2009. Most standalone circulators put on market from January 2013 must comply with minimum efficiency requirements; all circulators from 2015. An amendment (to close a loophole and relax requirements for circulators integrated in boilers) has been submitted to consultation in May 2011. The written procedure to vote this amendment has been launched in February 2012.
  • Boilers and Combi-boilers (gas/oil/electric): Study completed. Proposed new standards and labelling scheme. Proposals discussed at Consultation Forum (February 2008), proposal delayed until a new Consultation Forum July 2009 because of disagreements. Because of sustained disagreements among countries and stakeholders, the EU Commission made a simplified proposal in spring 201, followed by a consultation period.
    Final drafts on boilers and water heaters have been submitted by the EU Commission's DG Energy for internal Commission consultation ( Interservice Consultation) in February 2012 with expected finalisation in May and voting by countries probably in September.
  • Water Heaters (gas/oil/electric): Study completed. Proposed new standards and a new labelling scheme. Discussed together with boilers in February 2008 and later in a seperate Consultation Forum. July 2008. Since 2011 the process of water heaters have followed the process of boilers (see above).
  • Personal Computers (desktops & laptops) and Computer Monitors: Study completed. Consultation Forum October 2009. The vote by the Regulatory Committee is expected in the end of 2012.
  • Imaging Equipment: Study completed. Consultation Forum October 2010. Voluntary agreement proposed by the industry in 2009 but not yet endorsed by the European Commission (expected for this year).
  • Residential Room Conditioning Appliances (air conditioning and ventilation): Study completed. Consultation Forum June 2009. Regulation agreed by the countries in 2011 and published in March 2012. The next tier of requirements enters into force in 2013. Ecodesign & Energy labels proposed for ventilation units and kitchen hoods, but now kitchen hoods are part of a "kitchen product group" with ovens and hobs.
  • Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers, including Chillers, Display Cabinets and Vending Machines: Study completed. Another study is ongoing regarding other cooling facilities: cold rooms, icemakers and others. Ecodesign regulation for supermarket fridges discussed once but on hold. Working document for vending machines expected in 2012.
    First consultation on service cabinets, chillers, cold rooms, and remote condensing units held in January 2012.
  • Domestic Dishwashers and Washing Machines: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum December 2008. Regulation adopted by countries in November 2010. The first tier of the Ecodesign regulation entered into force in December 2011.
  • Complex Set Top Boxes (with conditional access and/or functions that are always on): Study completed. Consultation Forum October 2009 with proposal of a voluntary agreement. The European Commission will possibly endorse the voluntary agreement in 2012.
  • Non-residential Fans: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum May 2008. Regulation adopted in March and published in April 2011.
  • Water Pumps (electric, for commercial buildings, drinking water, food, agriculture): Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum May 2008. Ecodesign regulation in discussion for standard pumps. Finalised draft issued and voted in end of 2011. Preparatory studies launched on pumps for waste water, swimming pools, fountains and aquariums in March 2012.
  • Cylinders for Hot Water (tanks for hot water preparation from central heating system): Included in study on water heaters. Discussed at Consultation Forum on boilers, July 2009. Since the, its process follows the process of boilers and water heaters.
  • Machine Tools. The preparatory study is on going. Consultation Forum October 2009 on possible voluntary agreement.
  • Medical Imaging Equipment (scanning equipment, X-ray, etc.). No preparatory study. Consultation Forum October 2009 on possible voluntary agreement.
  • Household Tumble driers: Study completed and in a final stage. After the Consultation Forum, the draft of the regulation about Energy labelling has been adopted by the Commission, and the draft on Ecodesign is waiting for its approval by the Regulatory Committee.
  • Vacuum Cleaners: New regulation and mandatory energy label from September 1, 2014 and September 1 2017. Until 2014: Requirements for vacuum cleaners entered into force in July 2013. Draft guidelines and standardisation mandate were issued 18 June 2014. Finalised drafts published and discussed in September 2011 (2nd consultation forum). The vote by the Regulatory Committee..
  • Solid Fuel Small Combustion Installations: Preparatory study completed. Consultation Forum expected in the summer of 2012.
  • Local Room Heating Products: Study finalised. Third stakeholder meeting organised in April 2012. Consultation Forum expected for the summer of 2012.
  • Central Heating Products with air (supplement to the regulation of boilers etc): Study finalised. Third stakeholder meeting organised in April 2012. Consultation Forum expected by the end of 2012.
  • Domestic and Commercial Ovens: Preparatory study has been completed. Working document with proposals for regulation in March 2012. Consultation Forum in April 2012
  • Domestic and Commercial Hobs and Grills: Preparatory study completed. Process combined with ovens. Consultation Forum in April 2012.
  • Professional Wet Appliances and Dryers: Study completed. Consultation Forum expected by the end other year.
  • Coffee Machines (Non-tertiary, i.e. domestic): First working document issued and discussed in December 2011. See it here. Process expected to be aligned with ovens, hobs, and kitchen hoods (kitchen equipment group).
  • Networked Standby Losses: Study completed. Amendment to cover network standby modes in the regulation of Simple Standby discussed at Consultation Forum in September 2011. The vote by the Regulatory Committee is expected by the end of the year.
  • Commercial and professional refrigerating and Freezing Equipment: Study completed in December 2007. Ecodesign regulation for supermarket fridges discussed once but on hold. Working document for vending machines expected in 2012. First consultation on service cabinets, chillers, cold rooms, remote condensing units held in January 2012.
  • Distribution and Power Transformers: Preparatory study completed. Consultation Forum in April 2012.
  • Sound and Imaging Equipment: It covers Digital Picture Frames, electronic devices with a LCD displays that presents images or videos including sound. Topically includes a memory USB card and a battery. Video players and recorders, projectors and game consoles are included in this group. Preparatory study completed in Dec. 2010.. The first working documents are expected in 2012.
  • Industrial and laboratory equipment (furnaces and ovens): Ongoing preparatory study.


Procedures of Directive

Recast (2008-10)

May 2010: The updated labelling Directive has been adopted. See more here.

October 2009: The recast of the Ecodesign Directive was adopted as directive 2009/125/EC, published in the official journal.

September 2009: Following that the EU countries have now agreed, at a ministerial meeting September 24, to a compromise for the recast of the Ecodesign directive. The labelling directive that was discussed in parallel with the Ecodesign Directive is postponed due to disagreements over the content of the label, see here.

May 2009: The recast of the Ecodesign directives to cover "energy-related products" was welcomed by the EU Parliament in with some proposals for amendments.

November 2008: The EU Commission proposed an amendment of the related energy labelling /SAVE directive, read here.

July 2008: A recast of the Ecodesign directive was proposed by the EU Commission as document COM(2008)399 to cover not just energy using products, but also energy related products such as windows that are important for energy use of a house, but does not directly consume fuels or other delivered energy.

Procedure - Implementation:

2010 - 2011: The EU commission has implemented regulations about ecodesign and energy label requirements for more than ten products.

2008 - 2009: The EU commission has organised Consultation Forums and opened discussion on more than 20 product groups, see here.

June 2007: The EU Commission organised the first Consultation Forum, on stand-by and off-mode consumption.

November 2006: INFORSE-Europe was given a seat in the Forum for European Eco-design Consultation.

October 2006: More detailed plans for implementation were included the EU Commission's Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

June 2006: The Commission has commissioned studies on implementation of the Eco-design Directive in 14 product categories, including a category for stand-by losses.

- Development and Adoption of Ecodesign Directive (2004-05)

The Directive was signed July 6, 2005 as Directive 2005/32/EC. The countries have until August 2007 to implement the Directive.

May 23, 2005: The countries approved the text of the Directive 2005: The EU presidency (Luxembourg) aims at a final agreement the proposal during Spring 2005.

April 13, 2005: The Parliament discussed the proposal for the second time (second reading) and agreed its opinion.

December 10, 2004: The Commission comments the decision of the energy ministers (2004/0800). Next phase is the second reading of the Parliament, which will be followed by final adoption of the council of ministers.

November 29, 2004: The energy minister agreed a common position. The agreement includes:

  • Member States will designate authorities responsible for market surveillance;
  • The criteria and the steps to be taken when preparing implementing measures, in particular a minimum sales and trade volume threshold, were clarified and specified;
  • The Commission will establish a work plan with priority of products to be regulated, in particular those identified by the European Climate Change Plan as offering a high potential for the cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gases;
  • Consultation Forum : when envisaging the preparation of an implementing measure with regard to a given product, the Commission has to ensure the balanced participation of Member States and the proper involvement of all parties concerned. To this effect, there will be established a consultation forum;

June 10, 2004: The proposal was discussed by the EU ministers on June 10, and they reached a political agreement, but some were outstanding.

April 20, 2004: The EU Parliament has adopted a resolution on the proposal for an EU Eco-design framework directive for energy efficiency and other environmental characteristics of products. The resolution calls for the following measures:
- One year after the adoption of the framework Directive, the Commission
should implement measures for those products that offer a high
potential for cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. These include heating and water heating equipment, electric motor systems, lighting, domestic appliances, office equipment, consumer electronics, as well as ventilating & air conditioning systems. Stand-by losses of all products should also be regulated as soon as possible.
- Consumer information requirements for manufacturers and distributors, with information on life-cycle impacts and resource-efficient use of the products.
- Establishment of an Eco-Design Board with balanced participation of all relevant interested parties, including environmental NGOs.

An "Eco-design” framework Directive was proposed on August 1, 2003 by the EU Commission for energy-consuming equipment. The aim is to improve the overall environmental performance of these products during production and use as well as after use. It will be a framework for "eco-efficiency" standards of different equipment, aiming to minimize environmental impacts by reducing energy consumption as well as other factors that harm the environment. The standards will be elaborated for products that have a significant sales volume in EU and an important environmental impact.

The Directive proposal "On establishing a framework for the setting of Eco-design requirements for Energy-Using Products and amending Council Directive 92/42/EEC" is referred to as COM(2003)0453. It is co-decision procedure, involving the Parliament.
Follow the negotiations in Parliament: www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/index.jsp
Follow the proposal's progress in the EU system:
http://www.europa.eu/prelex/detail_dossier_real.cfm?CL=en&DosId=184690