EU Ecodesign Directive
In 2005, the European Commission adopted the Framework Directive for Ecodesign requirements for energy using products (EuP). This Directive was revised in 2009 and since then not only covers energy using products but energy related products (ErP) as well.
The Ecodesign Directive is a framework legislation, which foresees the adoption of so-called Implementing Measures for specific product groups (Lots), which ail at introducing minimum requirements for the energy performance of these products. Following the specific Ecodesign Procedure under Comitology rules, the European Commission has until now adopted several Implementing Measures under the first Ecodesign Working Plan (2009 - 2011).
The Ecodesign framework Directive was initially supposed to be reviewed in 2012. For this purpose, a report on the evaluation of the current Directive as carried out by the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services (CSES) (Please see the final report of the evaluation here).
The European Commission is currently finalising its second Ecodesign Working Plan which will include additional product Lots to be covered under the Ecodesign Directive. The final adoption of the Working Plan is expected in September 2012.
EPEE has been identified as a main stakeholder by the European Commission and is actively contributing to the Ecodesign process by providing technical knowledge and industry data.