Review of Development: Read
2012 Continue, Recast (2008-10),
Implementation (2006-11), Adoption (2003-05).
Non-directional Lamps: Study completed. Discussed at
Consultation Forum in March
Regulation approved by EU countries December 2008. Regulation
entered into force April 2009 and the first general lamps (frosted
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
last stage of the ban will enter into force in September 2012.
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.
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
must comply. An amendment to cover network standby
modes was discussed in September 2011.
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
Boxes put on market after February 2010 shall
comply with energy efficiency requirements. The latest tier entered into force
Feb. 2012. Voluntary agreement proposed by
industry on complex set top boxes, possibly endorsed by the European Commission
Chargers and External Power Supplies: Study completed, proposals discussed
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Refrigerators and Freezers: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation
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
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
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.
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
June 2011 shall comply with minimum efficiency requirements. Amendments envisaged
in 2012. Preparatory study to cover special
will be launched in 2012.
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.
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.
drafts on boilers
and water heaters
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
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
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.
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).
Room Conditioning Appliances (air conditioning and
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.
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
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.
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.
Fans: Study completed. Discussed at Consultation
Forum May 2008. Regulation adopted in March and published in April 2011.
Pumps (electric, for commercial buildings, drinking water,
food, agriculture): Study completed. Discussed at Consultation Forum
Ecodesign regulation in discussion for standard
pumps. Finalised draft issued and voted in end of 2011.
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.
Tools. The preparatory study is on going. Consultation
Forum October 2009 on possible voluntary agreement.
Imaging Equipment (scanning equipment, X-ray, etc.). No
preparatory study. Consultation Forum October 2009 on possible voluntary agreement.
Tumble driers: Study completed and in a final stage. After
the Consultation Forum, the draft of the regulation about Energy labelling
by the Commission, and the draft on Ecodesign is waiting for its approval
by the Regulatory Committee.
New regulation and mandatory energy label from September 1,
2014 and September 1 2017. Until 2014: Requirements for vacuum
entered into force in July 2013. Draft guidelines and standardisation
mandate were issued 18 June 2014. Finalised
drafts published and discussed
(2nd consultation forum). The vote by the Regulatory Committee..
Fuel Small Combustion Installations: Preparatory study
completed. Consultation Forum expected in the summer of 2012.
Room Heating Products: Study finalised. Third
stakeholder meeting organised in April 2012. Consultation Forum
expected for the summer of 2012.
Heating Products with air (supplement to the regulation
of boilers etc): Study
finalised. Third stakeholder
in April 2012. Consultation Forum expected by the end of 2012.
and Commercial Ovens: Preparatory study
has been completed. Working document with proposals for regulation
in March 2012. Consultation Forum in April 2012
and Commercial Hobs and Grills: Preparatory
study completed. Process combined with ovens. Consultation Forum
in April 2012.
Wet Appliances and Dryers: Study
completed. Consultation Forum expected by the end other year.
Machines (Non-tertiary, i.e. domestic): First
working document issued and discussed in December 2011. See
Process expected to be aligned with ovens, hobs, and kitchen
hoods (kitchen equipment group).
Standby Losses: Study completed. Amendment to
cover network standby modes in the regulation of Simple Standby
at Consultation Forum in September
2011. The vote by the Regulatory Committee is expected by the end of the
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
in 2012. First consultation on service cabinets, chillers, cold rooms,
remote condensing units held in January 2012.
and Power Transformers: Preparatory study completed.
Consultation Forum in April 2012.
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
and laboratory equipment (furnaces and ovens): Ongoing
Historical Review of the Development of the
Recast - Evaluation
The Ecodesign Directive was
evaluated in 2014. The conclusion was that the Ecodesign Directive does
not need amendments at this point. It was considered to expand it to non-energy
products, such as cold water installations or products with large environmental
impacts in production, but the case was not sufficiently strong for such
an expansion of the scope of the directive.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
2009: The recast of the Ecodesign directives to cover "energy-related products" was
welcomed by the EU Parliament in with some proposals for
November 2008: The EU Commission proposed an amendment of the
related energy labelling /SAVE directive, read here.
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
of a house,
not directly consume fuels or other delivered energy.
- Implementation (2006-2011):
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
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
June 2006: The
Commission has commissioned studies on implementation of the Eco-design
in 14 product categories, including a category for stand-by losses.
and Adoption of Ecodesign Directive (2003-05):
The Directive was
signed July 6, 2005 as Directive 2005/32/EC. The countries have until
August 2007 to implement the Directive.
23, 2005: The countries approved the text of the Directive 2005:
The EU presidency (Luxembourg) aims at a final agreement the proposal
13, 2005: The Parliament discussed the proposal for the second
time (second reading) and agreed its opinion.
10, 2004: The
Commission comments the decision of the energy ministers (2004/0800).
Next phase is the
reading of the Parliament,
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
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;
10, 2004: The proposal was discussed by the EU ministers on
June 10, and they reached a political agreement, but some were outstanding.
20, 2004: The EU Parliament has adopted a resolution on the
proposal for an EU Eco-design framework directive for energy efficiency
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
- 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
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
The standards will be elaborated for products that have a significant
sales volume in EU and an important environmental impact.
Directive proposal "On establishing
a framework for the setting of Eco-design requirements for Energy-Using
is referred to as COM(2003)0453. It
is co-decision procedure, involving the Parliament.
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