Extending the Product Scope Directive 2005/32/EC covers energy-using products (EuPs), i.e., products which use, generate, transfer or measure energy (e.g. electricity, gas, fossil fuel), including consumer goods such as boilers, computers, TVs, washing machines, light bulbs and industrial products such as transformers, industrial fans and industrial furnaces.
However, there are also products which have an influence on energy consumption in their use but do not directly consume energy, such as shower heads and taps, windows, insulation materials, and detergents, etc.
The recast extends the product coverage to include Energy-related Products (ErPs) in the new Directive, and it has been in force since 20 November 2009.
The already published Implementing Measures (IMs) and their amendments remain in force. Products have to meet applicable IMs in order to comply with the ecodesign Directive of ErP, together with applicable harmonized standards for CE conformity or otherwise noncompliant products are not allowed to be sold on the EU market. All references to the repealed Directive 2005/32/EC (EuP) shall be construed as references to the Directive 2009/125/EC (ErP), and other provisions basically remain unchanged.
What next? According to the Directive, the working plan, which sets out an indicative list of product groups for 2012 – 2014, is expected to come no later than 21 October 2011. By 2012, the effectiveness of the Directive will be reviewed and in particular will consider non-energy-related products, i.e. products which have neither direct nor indirect impact on energy consumption during the usage stage, but have an impact on other environmental conditions.
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