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On 08, Jan 2014 | In | By admin


Ecodesign: Energy efficiency requirements of products

In the context of energy savings, ecodesign or energy efficiency of products has become a more and more important topic: In recent years, regulators worldwide have published respective regulations or are doing so, and the number of products in focus of energy efficiency requirements has steadily increased.

A precursor with respect to ecodesgin or energy efficiency of products is the European Union. Already in 2005, the EU has published the Ecodesign/EuP Directive 2005/32/EC which focused on energy-using products.

This Directive was replaced in 2009 by EU Ecodesign/ErP Directive 2009/125/EC with an extended product scope on energy-related products. In 2010, the Ecodesign Directive was complemented by EU Directive 2010/30/EU which stipulated the labelling of energy-related products via a product label.

Many countries, as for example in Eastern Europe, North-Africa or South-America, base their national regulations on EU ecodesign legislation. However, in Arab countries like the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia, completely different labelling  systems have been established. Besides household equipment, TV sets or IT-products have come more often in the focus of legislators worldwide.