Introduction to Ecodesign Directive
Many aspects of products cause a
negative impact on the environment (emissions to air including
greenhouse gases, to soil, water, and energy consumption). The Council
and the European Parliament therefore adopted a Commission proposal for
a Directive on establishing a framework for setting Ecodesign
requirements (e.g. energy efficiency) for all energy using products in
the residential, tertiary, and industrial sectors.
The four main objectives of the Ecodesign Directive are to:
- ensure the free movement of energy-using products within the EU,
- improve the overall environmental performance of these products and thereby protect the environment,
- contribute to the security of energy supply and enhance the competitiveness of the EU economy, and
- preserve the interests of industry, consumers, and other stakeholders.
The first step in considering whether and which ecodesign requirements should be set for a particular product, is a preparatory study recommending ways to improve the environmental performance of the product. 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 laying down ecodesign requirements for products.
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The present study is the preparatory study focusing on Professional washing machines, dryers and dishwashers DG ENER Lot 24.