Leap in ecodesign rules predicted for 2012

Next year could be a "vintage year" for the EU's ecodesign regime, according to Stephane Arditi, a policy officer at green group EEB. This would be a step up from 2011, which has seen standards agreed for only two product groups.

Progress has been hampered by the EU executive's limited resources and the sensitivity and complexity of some of the issues, but several new standards are expected in 2012.

The two implementing measures agreed under the ecodesign directive this year cover domestic air-conditioners and water pumps, with the latter approved last Friday. The tally is only one less than last year, but far behind the nine measures agreed in 2009.

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