The purpose of the Ecodesign Directive for energy-related products is to reduce the environmental impact of products and, in particular, to improve energy-efficiency. The directive promotes sustainable development, improves the level of environmental protection, and enhances energy supply security. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that its products are in compliance with the requirements of the Ecodesign Directive.
The Ecodesign Directive is also known as the ErP Directive and formerly the EuP Directive.
Application of the Ecodesign Directive
The Ecodesign Directive applies to household and industrial electrical products
the sales of which exceed 200,000 products per year within the EU and
which are estimated to have significant environmental impacts and
for which a product-group-specific implementing regulation has been drawn up, usually a Commission Regulation.
Implementing regulations exist for about 30 product groups. Products that meet the requirements are within the scope of the CE marking and the applicable implementing regulation must be mentioned in the EC Declaration of Conformity (link to the “EC Declaration of Conformity” page).
The Ecodesign Directive is a framework directive, which means that it alone does not set any technical requirements or obligations for product manufacturers or importers.
Product-specific requirements and further information on the Ecodesign Directive can be found in Finnish and Swedish at the ekosuunnittelu.info website.