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Eco-design and Energy Efficiency

Energy Using and Energy Related Products (EUP and ERP)

Products which use sources of energy, such as televisions, computers, fans, lighting, are subject to EU energy efficiency requirements (EUP).  Products which indirectly impact energy consumption, such as windows and faucets among others, are also relevant for purposes of efficiency (ERP).

With the adoption of a framework directive 2005/32/EC in 2005, repealed in 2009 by directive 2009/125, the European Union regulator laid the groundwork for specific “implementing measures” affecting a broad range of energy using and energy related products (EUP/ERP).  The goal is to minimize the use of energy at the design stage and throughout production, transport, packaging, etc.  Products in compliance with 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.

Topics 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 performance 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.

Working Plans

In a Communication addressed to the Council and the European Parliament, the Commission presented its working plan for 2009-2011, which was later replaced by an update working plan for 2012-2014 covering:  

1. Building Automated Control Systems
2. Electric kettles
3. Hand dryers
4. Lifts
5. Materials for the construction of greenhouses
6. Photovoltaic systems (panels and inverters)
7. Refrigerated containers
8. Hair dryers
9. Toasters
10. High pressure cleaners
11. Signage displays
12. Hot drink vending machines
13. Base stations for internet and phone networks
14. Internet routers
15. Mobile phones/smart phones
16. Wireless chargers for consumer products

A new working plan 2016-2019 was released in November 2016.

Status

The state of play of draft legislation as well as entry into force dates and reviews of existing legislation can be tracked on the websites of Directorate General Energy,
ECEEE
, and DG Growth, Industrial Stability.

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