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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, replaced 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.  Other than energy performance, the measures also address material efficiency, repair (durability) and recycling, where appropriate.

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 product 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 develop the implementing measure (IM), the Commission (the regulator) relies on a network of consultants to launch a series of studies with input from stakeholders.  Impact assessments are carried out to determine proportionality.

Status

The targets for eco-design measures were listed in three working plans (2009-2011, 2012-2014 and 2016-2019). Since 2009, several implementing measures have been adopted and entered into force, such as pumps, lighting, refrigerators, among others. Some of these measures have been reviewed (televisions) and some of the targeted product categories are still in the pipeline, such as compressors, machine tools, faucets, among others.

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, (Sustainability and Circular Economy).

For further information please send an e-mail to Office.BrusselsEC@trade.gov or to request a copy of CSEU’s eco-design and energy efficiency report. Please also feel free to contact the Commercial Service office in the country you are seeking to do business. This link will take you to a country-by-country listing of all Commercial Service offices.


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