Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directive

Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directive

Number: 2009/125/EC

Official Title:
Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products

Description:

The Ecodesign Directive establishes a framework for the setting of Community ecodesign requirements for energy-related products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of such products within the internal market, at the same time reducing the energy consumption and other negative environmental impacts occurring throughout the product life cycle. This Directive is complemented by the Energy Labelling Directive.

The Ecodesign Directive provides a coherent and integrated framework which allows setting mandatory ecodesign requirements for some products. For instance, the Ecodesign Regulation on standby requires that many domestic electrical and electronic products such as washing machines, TV or personal computers do not consume more than 0.5W in off mode as of 2013.

The Ecodesign Directive provides for the setting of requirements which the energy-related products covered by implementing measures must fulfil in order to be placed on the market and/or put into service. It contributes to sustainable devel­opment by increasing energy efficiency and the level of protection of the environment, while at the same time increasing the security of the energy supply.

Which Products Are Covered By The Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directive?

The Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directive (2009/125/EC) covers products that match the definition provided in the directive:

  • ‘energy-related product’, means any good that has an impact on energy consumption during use which is placed on the market and/or put into service, and includes parts intended to be incorporated into energy-related products covered by this Directive which are placed on the market and/or put into service as individual parts for end-users and of which the environmental performance can be assessed independently;
  • components and sub-assemblies’ means parts intended to be incorporated into products which are not placed on the market and/or put into service as individual parts for end-users or the environmental performance of which cannot be assessed independently.

The Ecodesign Directive was extended in 2009 to all energy-related products (the use of which has an impact on energy consumption), including:

  • energy-using products (EUPs): products which use, generate, transfer or measure energy (e.g. electricity, gas, other fossil fuel), including consumer goods such as boilers, computers, TVs, washing machines, light bulbs and industrial products such as transformers, industrial fans, industrial furnaces
  • other energy related products (ERPs): products which do not necessarily use energy, but have an impact on energy consumption (direct or indirect) and can therefore contribute to saving energy, such as window, insulation material or bathroom devices (e.g. shower heads, taps).

Which products are exempted from the Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directive?

The implementation of this directive is done by ‘Implementing Decisions’ for specific product groups.

How to Comply with the Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directive:

The Ecodesign directive allows for the manufacturer to perform the conformity assessment and documents the assessment in his own right, by performing the Internal Production Control.