The EU Ecodesign Directive establishes a framework under which manufacturers of energy-using products are obliged to reduce the energy consumption and other negative environmental impacts occurring throughout the product life cycle.
The former Directive covered all energy using products sold in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors, with the exception of all means of transport. The revised Directive, which entered into force in November 2009, extends the scope of the existing Directive by covering in principle all energy-related products. Possible future products to be covered are windows, insulation materials, and certain water using products, like shower heads and taps.
Detailed information on the process of development of labelling and minimum energy efficiency standards under the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling directives can be found here
For all language versions and formats of the Directive click here