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What is the Ecodesign Directive?
Energy efficiency is becoming a focal point for many leading countries across the globe, and when it is considered that more than half the energy used domestically heats our water and space, it is a clear contributing factor in our ability to meet the energy targets of the future.
Country administrations, institutions and businesses are striving to better improve the products that are placed on markets, and the European Commission’s Ecodesign Directive is one of the major driving forces behind regulatory and legislative change in energy consuming technologies.
The Ecodesign Directive acknowledges and aims to meet the needs of more energy efficient products to reduce energy and resource consumption.
It provides EU-wide rules, putting a duty of care on manufacturers to produce improved environmental performance of their products. It also means that the products that can’t be improved in terms of energy efficiency will not be able to be placed on the market, reducing the saturation of the market with inefficient, poorly designed products. This not only reduces carbon emissions to meet the EU wide 20% target, it also supports competitiveness and innovation within the relevant industries by promoting better environmental performance of products throughout the markets.
These products are contained within 37 regulations, or “Lots”. These Lots allow for products with similar functionality and purposes to be grouped together and therefore allow different variations of the same directive to be formulated more efficiently.
The most well-known change they have made to the market is the introduction of energy labelling. Below is a full list of product groups or ‘Lots’:
Lot 1 – Boilers and combi boilers
Lot 2 – Water heaters
Lot 3 – PCs (desktops and laptops) | Displays
Lot 4 – Imaging equipment
Lot 5 – Consumer electronics: TV
Lot 6 – Standby and off-mode losses
Lot 7 – Battery chargers and external power supplies
Lot 8 – Office lighting
Lot 9 – Street lighting
Lot 10 – Room air conditioning | Comfort fans | Residential ventilation
Lot 11 – Electric motors | Circulators | Fans & Water pumps
Lot 12 – Commercial refrigerators and freezers
Lot 13 – Domestic refrigerators and freezers
Lot 14 – Domestic dishwashers | Domestic washing machines
Lot 15 – Solid fuel boilers
Lot 16 – Household tumble driers
Lot 17 – Vacuum cleaners
Lot 18 – Complex set – top boxes
Lot 19 – Domestic lighting part 1 (non-directional lamps)
Lot 20 – Solid fuel local space heaters | Local space heaters
Lot 21 – Central heating products using hot air to distribute heat
Lot 22 – Domestic and commercial ovens
Lot 23 – Domestic and commercial hobs and grills
Lot 24 – Professional washing machines, dryers and dishwashers
Lot 25 – Non-tertiary coffee machines
Lot 26 – Networked standby losses of energy using products
Lot 27 – Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
Lot 28 – Waste water pumps
Lot 29 – Clean water pumps
Lot 30 – Motors and drives (outside scope of regulation 640/2009)
Lot 31 – Compressors
Lot 32 – Windows
Lot 33 – Smart appliances
Lot 37 – Lighting systems
Does Brexit affect our involvement?
No, the legislation has been written into UK law, so when we leave the EU, Lot 20 will still apply.