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2 December 2005 EuP Directive : A Framework for setting eco-design requirements for energy-using products European Commission

3 December 2005 Aim Promotion of sustainable development through free movement of EuP, environmental protection and increased security of energy supply

4 December 2005 Related legislation Directive on management of waste from EEE based on Article 175 Directive on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in EEE based on Article 95 Existing legislation on minimum energy efficiency requirements based on Article 95 Eco-label, EMAS……

5 December 2005 Scope Products covered In principle all energy sources are covered, in practice at first products using electricity or fuels will be considered No list of priority products (unnecessary and counterproductive) but clear selection criteria (including EU environmental priorities; emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the first stage) Means of transport excluded

6 December 2005 EuP features :Structure EuP framework does not create immediate obligations for manufacturers but allows the Commission to do so through implementing measures Implementing measures are adopted by the Commission assisted by a regulatory Committee They define eco-design requirements, conformity assessment procedures and implementation dates Impact assessment precedes the submission of Commission draft measures) Stakeholders participate throughout the whole process (studies, impact assessments, consultations, preparatory discussions within the Committee)

7 December 2005 Eco-design requirements Generic, aiming at the improvement of the overall environmental performance, focusing on environmental aspects identified in the implementing measure and/or Specific, in the form of limit values or thresholds for selected environmental aspects with a significant adverse impact on the environment

8 December 2005 Implementing measures Implementing measures are proposed for products which: represent a significant volume of sales and trade in the internal market (indicative threshold 200 000 units/year) and involve a significant environmental impact and present a significant potential for improvement The entire life cycle of the product will be considered Other aspects (product performance, health&safety, impact on consumers, manufacturers competitiveness) are taken into account

9 December 2005 Harmonised standards in support of the EuP framework ……………...(25) One of the main roles of harmonised standards should be to help manufacturers in applying the implementing measures adopted under this Directive. Such standards could be essential in establishing measuring and testing methods. In the case of generic ecodesign requirements harmonised standards could contribute considerably to guiding manufacturers in establishing the ecological profile of their products in accordance with the requirements of the applicable implementing measure. These standards should clearly indicate the relationship between their clauses and the requirements dealt with. The purpose of harmonised standards should not be to fix limits for environmental aspects. (26)For the purpose of definitions used in this Directive it is useful to refer to relevant international standards such as ISO 14040. ………………………………………… »

10 December 2005 Harmonised standards in support of the EuP framework (continued) Harmonised standards provide presumption of conformity with the provisions of the applicable implementing measure that they cover (Article 8) i.e., the application of several harmonised standards may be necessary for demonstrating compliance with the implementing measure Standardisation can provide a valuable support for the implementation of EuP standards may be used for defining measurement and testing methods they may also be used to support and guide the assessment of the environmental performance of the product (Annex I) and for communication purposes (Annex I, part 2) standardisation should not be used to tackle political issues, such as fixing a limit for a given environmental aspect

11 December 2005 The EuP mandate – scope The EuP mandate : a programming mandate Standardisation efforts on the following items should be considered, in particular regarding: use of materials derived from recycling activities use of substances ….. use of consumables energy consumption throughout the life cycle water consumption throughout the life cycle Ease for reuse and recycling as expressed through: number of materials and components used, marking of plastics according to ISO, use of standard components, time necessary for disassembly ……………………………………………………………… ……………………….

12 December 2005 The EuP mandate – scope (continued) Shall be taken into account: Other standards (e.g. the measurement standards for energy labelling or efficiency requirements) guidance documents and technical reports currently available or in preparation in this area at a national or international level (e.g. ISO TR 14062, IEC Guide 109, ISO Guide 64, ISO 14020 series), specifications established by interested organisations such as manufacturers associations; best practices in industry

13 December 2005 The EuP mandate – stakeholders participation ……The elaboration of the standardisation programme should be undertaken in co-operation with the broadest possible range of interested groups, including international and European level associations. Those involved should include manufacturers and installers of energy-using products, including SMEs; consumers; environment NGOs; the waste treatment industry; the competent authorities of the Member States as well as members of the scientific community. In particular, co-operation with environment non-governmental organisations and with organisations representing SMEs is regarded as essential….

14 December 2005 State of play EuP framework Directive (2005/32/EC) published in OJ in July 2005 Creation of Consultation Forum by 2006 Establishment of working plan by the Commission by July 2007 Transposition of EuP framework Directive by Member States by August 2007 Adoption of first implementing measures creating eco-design obligations for some EuPs expected in 2nd half of 2007

15 December 2005 Summary EuP aims at the sustainable development of energy-using products and deals with product design It is a framework Directive; legal obligations for manufacturers will come with the implementing measures Those will be adopted by a transparent process (stakeholder consultation) and adequate analysis (impact assessment) Priority is given to self-regulatory activities by industry Adoption of first implementing measures creating eco- design obligations for EuPs expected early 2007

16 December 2005 Website co_design/index.htm

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