Ecodesign Directive and Energy Labelling Regulation – Short Term Consequences for Lighting Products
There is world-wide demand for more efficient products to reduce energy and resource consumption. The Ecodesign Directive provides harmonised EU-wide rules on the energy performance of products, and is complemented by mandatory energy labelling rules.
In recent years EU Ecodesign policy has steered away from only energy-efficiency to address the wider environmental impact of a product, and now addresses issues such as materials efficiency, reparability and replaceability of components and increased requirements relating to the product’s end of life. The proposed new EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling for lighting products that will be published in Q3 2018 introduce significant changes for the lighting industry, from the phase out of conventional technologies to increased performance and environmental requirements for lighting products.
The presentation will explain the process and status in the development of both policies. It will touch upon key terms from the implementing measure document, such as scope of products affected, removability requirements, time horizons, the position of special purpose lamps, the definition of tolerances, endurance testing as well as the potential phase-out of some conventional technologies under EU RoHS rules restricting substances. It will go into details on the planned Energy Labelling Database, explain the attempts to reduce information requirements and the administrative burden but will also point out timelines for mandatory reporting. The presentation will end by shedding light on planned activities by market surveillance authorities and the support given by LightingEurope and its members.