The Ecodesign Directive (Directive 2009/125/EC) provides a framework to set mandatory ecological requirements for all energy-using and energy-related products sold in all EU Member States.
Energy related products (the use of which has an impact on energy consumption) account for a large proportion of the energy consumption in the EU and include:
• Energy-using products (EUPs), which use, generate, transfer or measure energy (electricity, gas, fossil fuel), such as boilers, computers, televisions, transformers, industrial fans, industrial furnaces etc.
• Other energy related products (ERPs) which do not use energy but have an impact on energy and can therefore contribute to saving energy, such as windows, insulation material, shower heads, taps etc.
The Ecodesign Directive doesn't create binding requirements on products by itself: product requirements are set in Commission Regulations.
Every three years the European Commission adopts a Working Plan, which sets out an indicative list of priority products to be explored for their ecodesign potential.
Each product group mentioned in the Working Plan is analysed in a preparatory study, in order to assess whether and which ecodesign requirements are appropriate (according to the Ecodesign Methodology).
A draft Commission Regulation is submitted to the Consultation Forum (representatives of EU and EEA Member States and 30 stakeholder organisations) for comments.
A thorough impact assessment follows. The draft is submitted to the vote of the Regulatory Committee (representatives of Member States). The draft Commission Regulation remains under the scrutiny of the European Parliament and the Council for three months.
EBC watches the study on windows closely, as the ecodesign for windows could have a negative impact on the small enterprises producing them.