EU eco-design directive: a sense of proportion in the political steering of product design!

With the eco-design directive the European Commission pursues the goal of reducing the environmental impact of “energy-related” products during their entire lifecycle

In the wake of implementation of the eco-design framework directive 2009/125/EC, 32 implementing regulations for particular product groups have now entered into force. According to statements by the European Commission, the eco-design directive makes an important contribution at product level to promoting energy-efficient technologies as well as to environmental and climate protection.

In its "Circular economy package", published on 2 December 2015, the European Commission will now make greater use of the Ecodesign Directive for achieving more efficient use of resources in the area of products and production.

This relates in particular to the inclusion of further environmental parameters and to the large number of new eco-design plans which do not prioritise energy efficiency alone. Among other things, the attached BDI position paper “EU eco-design directive: a sense of proportion in the political steering of product design” sets out concrete proposals which industry believes must be taken into account for the further development and implementation of the eco-design directive.