Legislative framework

The Ecodesign Directive and energy labelling are an effective tool for improving the energy efficiency of the products. The Ecodesign directive provides EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of products, such as households’ appliances, information and communication technologies or engineering. It sets the minimum mandatory requirements for the energy efficiency of these products. The Energy Labelling Regulation complements those Ecodesign requirements with mandatory labelling requirements. 

The Eco-design for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) will replace the current Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC. Until then, Directive 2009/125/EC remains in action. The new working plans review progress and suggest new energy-related products to consider. The Ecodesign and energy labelling working plan 2022-2024 builds upon earlier efforts under the first Ecodesign Directive. It includes tasks from the Energy Labelling Framework Regulation (EU/2017/1369) and reviews progress made with the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL). It also addresses similar work for tyre labelling, guided by specific legal grounds.This plan focuses on new energy-related products and enhances regulations for existing ones until the new rules take effect. It targets consumer electronics like smartphones, tablets, and solar panels, aiming to address the growing waste stream.

The Commission position adoption is planned for the first quarter of 2024. 

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