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Study

Objectives

Following Article 7 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 813/2013 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 811/2013, the regulations shall be reviewed in the light of technological progress. To this end the study team will update the existing preparatory study according to the MEErP methodology, including:

  • A quantitative evaluation of the impact of the existing regulations;
  • An assessment regarding resource efficiency – most likely disassembly, recyclability, reparability and durability following the adoption the adoption of the Circular Economy Package in December 2015 and the new Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019;
  • A technology roadmap to show previous technological innovations, current product technologies including best available technologies (BAT), and concentrate mainly on an outlook of technologies yet to enter the market (BNAT) as well as general technological trends in the examined product sector, using the findings from the MEErP as a basis.

Focus

For the ecodesign regulation the review involves in particular the assessment of:

  • the appropriateness of setting ecodesign requirements for greenhouse gas emissions related to refrigerants, emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter;
  • The appropriateness of setting stricter ecodesign requirements for energy efficiency, sound power level and emissions of nitrogen oxides;
  • The appropriateness of setting requirements for products working on gaseous and liquid fuels from biomass;
  • The validity of the primary energy factor (PEF);
  • The appropriateness of 3rd party certification.

For the Energy labelling regulation, the review involves in particular the assessment of:

  • An evaluation of the significant changes in market shares;
  • The appropriateness of the package labels and fiches;
  • the appropriateness of having other heating efficiency than the standardised heating season;
  • the inclusion of passive flue heat recovery devices.

As appropriate, the study team shall also provide general technical assistance to the Commission regarding the subject matter.

Timeline

The study started in June 2017 and is expected to finish in 2019. The list below gives an indicative timeline for the coming tasks. The timeline is subject to change and may be updated during the course of the study.

 

Date

Action

June 2017 Launch of study
July 2017 Launch of study website
January 2018 Stakeholder meeting 1
Change of date !  
Early January 2019 Draft final report

Early February 2019

(to be confirmed)

Stakeholder meeting 2

March 2019

(to be confirmed)

Final report (Task 1 – 7)

 

Those who have registered through this website will be informed of website updates, meetings and availability of documents.

Any stakeholder meeting is subject to confirmation of room availability at the European Commission. Please do not make your travel arrangement before receiving the final agenda about 4 weeks prior to the meeting.

Methodology

This study is conducted using the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-using products (MEErP) as established in 2011. This methodology was developed to allow evaluating whether and to which extent various energy-related products fulfil certain criteria according to Article 15 and Annex I and/or II of the Ecodesign Directive that make them eligible for implementing measures. The methodology requires the contractor to carry out 7 tasks, ranging from product definition to policy scenario analysis.

The tasks in the MEErP entail:

  • Task 1 – Scope (definitions, standards and legislation);
  • Task 2 – Markets (volumes and prices);
  • Task 3 – Users (product demand side);
  • Task 4 – Technologies (product supply side, includes both BAT and BNAT);
  • Task 5 – Environment & Economics (Base case LCA & LCC);
  • Task 6 – Design options;
  • Task 7 – Scenarios (Policy, scenario, impact and sensitivity analysis).

Tasks 1 to 4 can be performed in parallel, whereas 5, 6 and 7 are sequential.

Task 0 or a Quick-scan is optional to Task 1 for the case of large or inhomogeneous product groups, where it is recommended to carry out a first product screening. The objective is to re-group or narrow the product scope, as appropriate from an ecodesign point of view, for the subsequent analysis in tasks 2-7.


 

Involvement of stakeholders

The European Commission is dedicated in giving stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to this study thereby creating a fully transparent and open process. This website is the main information exchange platform between the study-team, the Commission and the stakeholders.

All documents will be freely available through this website. If you register as stakeholder you will receive notifications on website updates. Furthermore, as stakeholder, you can provide direct feedback to draft reports published on this website and make suggestions for energy-related products. Please note that your comments and suggestions may be made public on this website. You can also provide other non-public comments directly to the study team.

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