Commission releases new product ecodesign plans

Fresh directive proposal merges previous texts on triple-E and minimum energy requirements

The European Commission has circulated a new draft directive proposal merging two previously separate initiatives to set ecodesign requirements and minimum energy efficiency standards for consumer appliances. The plans will be debated at a stakeholder meeting in Brussels on 18 November. Early reaction from both industry and environmentalists is mixed.

Hints that the move was on the cards emerged after a speech on product regulation last month by EU enterprise commissioner Erkki Liikanen, whose department has co-responsibility for the proposals with the energy directorate (EED 28/10/02). This followed sustained opposition from a wide section of industry, particularly on the draft ecodesign directive, known as triple-E (EED 11/04/02). The energy requirements were more recent (EED 12/08/02).

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