The European Union (EU) is committed to reducing its overall carbon emissions to at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. This reduction could be further increased to as much as 30% under a global climate change agreement when other developed countries make comparable efforts. BSI’s range of standards and related guidance will help businesses meet these targets and to understand and comply with the new regulations.

The purpose of the Energy using Products (EuP) or Eco-design Directive (2005/32/EC) is to help deliver EU targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the adverse environmental impacts of energy using products.

The Directive puts in place a framework that outlines the general eco-design requirements that energy using products must meet so that they can be placed on the European market.

The amount of energy consumed by a product during its lifetime is strongly influenced at the design phase. Eco-design is an approach to product design that takes into account the likely environmental impacts of a product throughout its entire lifecycle e.g. during procurement, design, manufacture, use and disposal.

In principle, the Eco-design Directive covers any product that depends on, generates, transfers or measures energy, including; electricity, fossil fuels or renewable sources when in use. The Directive does not apply to means of transport, e.g. planes or cars.

The process of assessing a number of energy-using product groups is underway. EU legislation will give the specific eco-design requirements for a wide range of products.

A number of new regulations for energy-using products were issued in 2008 and 2009. These include; set-top boxes, standby, external power supplies, televisions, refrigerators and freezers, lighting and electric motors.

Harmonised standards relating to the Eco-design Directive are currently under development, and mandates issued to the relevant standards bodies to develop standards that cover the requirements of the Directive and subsequent regulations. The mandates provide an early indication of the harmonised European and corresponding British Standards that will be published.

Guide to ErP that can help you comply with the Directive.

A revised EU Directive (2009/125/EC) for setting the eco-design requirements for energy-related products entered into force on 20 November 2009. The revised Directive extends the scope of the original Eco-design Directive to cover all energy-related products.

These include products that do not directly consume energy during use, but do have an indirect impact on energy consumption, for example; taps and showerheads, double glazing windows and insulating materials.

The key principles of the ErP Directive remain unchanged, and the Energy Related Products Directive amends the scope of the Eco-design Directive only.

BSI standards and publications for eco-design, energy and compliance

BS EN ISO 14006:2011
Environmental management systems. Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign

BS 8887-1:2006
Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end-of-life processing (MADE). General concepts, process and requirements

BS 8887-2:2009
Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end-of-life processing (MADE). Terms and definitions

BS 8887-220:2010
Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end-of-life processing (MADE). The process of remanufacture. Specification

BS EN 62430:2009
Environmentally conscious design for electrical and electronic products

BS EN 50419:2006
Marking of electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with article 11(2) of Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE)

Eco-design Requirements for Energy-related Products 
A Guide to the Implementation of European Directive 2009/125/EC

This guide is designed to help users comply with the requirements of the Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive by highlighting the main points of the Directive and its impact on product design and manufacture. 

The handbook includes regular updates on the regulations and development of related standards as they come into force.

Read more about guidance for energy using products and download a free sample chapter

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Requirements and implementation

This handbook is a guide to the WEEE Directive. If you manufacture, brand, expert, import, sell, store, treat or dismantle electrical or electronic products within the European Union (EU)It will help you with compliance to the Directive.

Read more about WEEED guidance and download free sample pages


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