The Commission is currently drafting a new proposal on eco-design of end use equipment. Many stakeholders are doubting the usefulness of this proposal.
The draft framework directive aims to establish the conditions
for the setting of eco-design requirements through implementing
These implementing measures will be decided by the Commission
assisted by a regulatory Committee without undergoing the
codecision procedure. They will either be generic or specific to a
certain type of product and might introduce quantitative targets
for energy consumption in the production and use of appliances.
The framework directive foresees that eco-design requirements
can only be set for products which represent a significant volume
of sales and trade in the internal market and involve a significant
environmental impact at European level which can be improved.
The Commission expects the industry to play a big role in the
development of eco-design rules by inviting them to propose
voluntary agreements. According to Commission sources, the lack of
precision of the wording “End Use Equipment” will be adressed by
replacing it by energy using equipment in the next draft proposal.
The sector of transport will remain excluded, except if the Council
and the Parliament decide to include it.