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What is the Eco Design of Energy using Products (EuP) Directive?


Frequently Asked Questions

The Directive, applicable in all EU Member States, aims to:

  • create an integrated framework for the setting of requirements concerning the design of energy-using equipment so as to ensure the free movement of these products within the EU internal market and to improve their overall impact on the environment;
  • provide an efficient use of resources and a high level of environmental protection compatible with sustainable development.

Choice of specific design solutions must achieve a reasonable balance between the various environmental aspects and considerations such as health & safety, technical functionality, quality and performance, and economic aspects, while complying with all relevant legislation.

The Directive affects manufacturers of energy-using products; these are defined as equipment that is dependent on energy input (electricity, fossil fuels and renewable energy sources) to work as intended or a product for the generation, transfer and measurement of such energy. EuP does not apply to modes of transport.

The product must:

  • have a sales volume of more than 200,000 units a year within the EU;
  • have a significant environmental impact within the EU;
  • present significant potential for reduction in environmental impact without entailing excessive costs;
  • have a wide disparity in the environmental performance of EuPs available on the market with equivalent functionality.

For further assistance from TWI on EuP matters, contact Dr Michèle Routley

Further information

The Eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive

European Commission activities accompanying EuP

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