What is it?
The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC establishes a framework for the setting of eco design requirements on Energy related Products (ErP) addressing all environmental aspects from a life cycle perspective. Examples of such energy related products include lighting equipment, motors, pumps, refrigerators, computers, TVs, air conditioning and ventilation systems or machine tools.
The Ecodesign Directive empowers the Commission to adopt, via comitology, so-called 'implementing measures' following the conduct of a preparatory study and impact assessment, a structured consultation process of stakeholders and of Member States and following the European Parliament’s and Council’s right of scrutiny on draft measures. The major stakeholder consultation body is the so-called 'Consultation Forum, which gathers interested parties to voice their opinions on envisaged implementation activities.
Preparatory studies are carried out on the basis of the so-called MEErP methodology that has been specifically derived from the Directive for the purpose of implementation. On the basis of the outcome of the preparatory study, the Commission may suggest ecodesign requirements on environmental aspects of a given product group that have been identified as being of significance according to the criteria of the Directive (article 15).
Alternatively, the targeted product group can propose a voluntary agreement subject to recognition by the Commission.
While the initial Directive drew up a first list of product groups to be targeted by 2010 directly, the Commission is since required to regularly establish Working Plans that set out an indicative list of priority products for the adoption of implementing measures during a certain period of time. The latest (draft) Working Plan relates to the period 2012-2014 and currently the 2015-2017 is in study phase.