The Ecodesign Directive

Sustainable industrial policy aims in particular at developing a policy to foster environmental and energy efficient products in the internal market. The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC is the cornerstone of this approach. It establishes a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of those products within the internal market. Directive 2009/125/EC repealed the original Directive 2005/32/EC for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products. It prevents disparate national legislations on the environmental performance of these products from becoming obstacles to the intra-EU trade and contributes to sustainable development by increasing energy efficiency and the level of protection of the environment, taking into account the whole life cycle cost.

The Ecodesign directive itself does not set binding requirements on products: it provides a framework (rules and criteria) for setting such requirements through implementing measures. It is also possible to introduce information requirements for components and sub-assemblies. The Commission prepares implementing measures only for products which have significant sales and trade in the EU, a significant environmental impact and potential for improvement. Product groups are identified following the procedure described in Article 16.

The Preparatory Study

According to Article 16(1) of the Ecodesign Directive the Commission adopted on 7 December 2012 the Ecodesign Working Plan for the period 2012-2014, setting out and indicative list of energy-related products which will be considered in priority fot the adoption of implementing measures. The product group "Windows" is included in the list of priority product groups. In order to investigate the approriateness of measures a study (preparatory study) is undertaken that proves the viability, feasibility and effectiveness of such measures. Throughout this process stakeholder consultation is ensured.

The preparatory study will provide the necessary information to prepare for the next phases in the policy process (carried out by the Commission) and in particular the impact assessment, the consultation forum, and the possible draft implementing measures. Therefore at the outset, a preparatory study will consider whether and which ecodesign requirements should be set for a particular product, recommending ways to improve its environmental performance.
The approach used throughout this study is the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related products (MEErP), which is furher explained in the section Methodology.

The Energy labelling Directive

The abovementioned study may also be used as supporting analysis for the preparation of energy labels in accordance with Directive 2010/30/EC1, recital (7) and Article 10(3).

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1 DIRECTIVE 2010/30/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 19 May 2010 on the indication by labelling and standard product information of the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products (recast).