Fabian Demicoli

Extention of the scope of the Eco-design directive

 The Eco design directive (2005/32/EC) has been recently recast into a new directive (2009/125/EC) so as enable the setting of requirements (through implementing measures) on Energy Related Products. i.e. Products that do not use energy, yet  have a potential impact on energy consumption.  An example of an energy related product is thermal insulation for buildings. 


This new directive 2009/125/EC should not impact the implementing measures enacted under the former directive 2005/32/EC or the current work programme which is addressing Energy using Products. However the European Commission is going to commission a study which identifies suitable candidates for which regulatory requirements in the form of implementing measures could be set.

On going discussions are setting minimum requirements in the form of implementing measures (primarily related to energy efficiency) on the following product groups:

Domestic Washing Machines;

Domestic Dish washers;

Domestic and Commercial fans even when integrate in products;

Water heaters (electric, gas, solar and heat pump);

Personal Computers and monitors;

Air conditioning;


Directional lamps;

It should be noted that European stakeholders of the following product categories have chosen self regulation:

Complex set top boxes;

Imaging equipment ;

When these regulations come into force they will be mandatory for the applicable imported and newly manufactured in the EU energy using products.

More info on directive 2009/125/EC may be found at : eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:285:0010:0035:EN:PDF

More information on the on going discussions may be found at : ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/ecodesign/eco_design_en.htm and www.eceee.org/Eco_design/products/

Closing date for comments on directive 2009/125/EC is 21st May 2010.  After that date only comments on the work plan and the product groups mentioned above will be accepted.

Comments are to be sent to Ing. Joseph Micallef – Regulatory Affairs Directorate

e-mail:   T: 23952221       F: 21 242406

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