Eco-design and Energy Efficiency
Energy Related Products (ERP)
Products which use sources of energy, such as televisions, computers, fans, lighting, will be subject to new EU energy efficiency requirements in the near future. With the adoption of a framework directive 2005/32/EC in 2005, the European Union regulator laid the groundwork for specific “implementing measures” affecting a broad range of energy using products (EUP). The goal is to minimize the use of energy at the design stage and throughout production, transport, packaging, etc. Products in compliance with EUP implementing measures can be easily recognized because they will carry a CE marking. The CE marking will cover relevant product safety as well as energy efficiency requirements if applicable.
What is covered?
The scope of the framework is very broad and covers any energy related products except means of transport. Parts which are intended to be incorporated into energy-using products are also captured. Conditions and criteria for selection of new implementing measures are:
- Significant impact on the environment
- Coupled with a high volume of sales
- With clear potential for improving without excessive costs
In order to identify first targets for implementing measures (IM), the Commission relied on a network of consultants to launch a series of studies with input from stakeholders. Impact assessments were carried out to determine proportionality.
How are implementing measures adopted?
Implementing measures are adopted through a “comitology procedure” which means that
- The Commission prepares a working document based on the outcome of the study and impact assessment
- The Commission convenes a stakeholder meeting for a discussion of the working document with industry and member states (consultation forum)
- With the input of the consultation forum, the Commission prepares a draft implementing measure for discussion with member state experts (Council) and the Commission in the regulatory committee
- Once the draft implementing measure has been endorsed, the Council and the European Parliament have three months to consider the proposed legislation prior to final adoption
Working Plan 2009-2011:
In a Communication addressed to the Council and the European Parliament, the Commission presented its working plan for 2009-2011. Click here to download the text.
1. Air conditioning systems and ventilation systems
2. Electric and fossil fueled heating equipment
3. Food preparing equipment
4. Network, data processing, data storing equipment
5. Industrial and laboratory furnaces and ovens
6. Machine tools
7. Refrigeration and freezing equipment
8. Sound and image processing machines and equipment
10. Water-using equipment
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