Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2005
Policy Type:Policy Support, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Energy and Transport

The European Commission proposes a Directive on the eco-design of energy-using products, such as electrical and electronic devices or heating equipment. Coherent EU-wide rules for eco-design will ensure that disparities among national regulations do not become obstacles to intra-EU trade. The proposal does not introduce directly binding requirements for specific products, but does define conditions and criteria for setting, through subsequent implementing measures, requirements regarding environmentally relevant product characteristics (such as energy consumption) and allows them to be improved quickly and efficiently. Products that fulfil the requirements will benefit both businesses and consumers, by facilitating free movement of goods across the EU and by enhancing product quality and environmental protection. The proposal constitutes a breakthrough in EU product policy and introduces many innovative elements together, with concrete application of the principles of the "better regulation"package. By encouraging manufacturers to design products with the environmental impacts in mind throughout their entire life cycle, the Commission implements an integrated product policy and accelerates the move towards improving the environmental performance of energy-using products.

This record is superseded by:Directive on the Eco-Design of Energy-using Products (EuP)

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