Appliance makers press for eco-design legislation


Electronics giants Electrolux, Philips and the Bosch-Siemens-Home Appliances Group said yesterday (June 21) that the European Commission must speed up the ecodesign legislation to help businesses and consumers save billions of euros through more efficient products.

In a joint statement with the Coolproducts Coalition, the companies called on the European Commission to accelerate the ecodesign regulation, which is supposed to deliver quick, practical results for achieving the EU 2020 energy savings targets.

“NGOs have been showing the amazing potential and value of the Ecodesign Directive for years and we’re delighted companies are now following suit in calling for stronger regulation,” said Stéphane Arditi, coordinator of Coolproducts, which includes several environmental groups. 

The Ecodesign Directive sets minimum energy requirements for energy using products in Europe, covering over 40 product groups including televisions, boilers and fridges.

“We believe that eco-design can deliver massive savings and at the same time be beneficial to European economies,” said Edith Molenbroek, senior consultant at Ecofys, an energy consultancy.

An analysis by Ecofys commissioned by Dutch green group Natuur & Milieu has shown that a more effective directive could create €90 billion in savings per year for business and consumers. It would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 400 million tonnes annually, and save nearly 20% of the EU’s entire energy consumption by 2020.

The electronics companies also said that as it stands, the Ecodesign Directive will fail to meet its potential without change. Therefore, they are calling on the European Commission to set clear priorities for products and ensure that reliable data are used for setting standards in the regulation.

They also want increased staffing within the Commission to oversee enforcement.

The European Union's Ecodesign Directive introduces a framework to set mandatory ecological requirements for energy-using and energy-related products sold in the 27 member states.

Currently the scope covers more than 40 product groups, including boilers, lightbulbs and fridges that are responsible for 40% of the EU greenhouse gas emissions.

The aim of the directive is that manufactures of the energy-using products should, at the design stage, be obliged to reduce the energy consumption and other environmental impacts of products.

  • 2014: European Commission publishes evaluation and review of Ecodesign Directive at the forthcoming review of the Energy Labelling Directive

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