Environmental project No. 1635

Ecodesign Directive version 2.0 - from Energy Efficiency to Resource Efficiency


The Ecodesign Directive is one of the policy instruments that can play an important role in the change towards increased resource efficiency in Europe. The objective of this study has been to examine how resource efficiency requirements can be further integrated into implementing measures and voluntary agreements under the Ecodesign Directive. An overview is given of to what extent this has been the case in the existing implementing measures and voluntary agreements; and a detailed study is made of the two most ambitious cases: the voluntary agreement on imaging equipment and the implementing measure on vacuum cleaners. Finally, a review was made of existing resource efficiency requirements in four voluntary instruments: the Nordic Ecolabel, the EU ecolabel, EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) Guidelines and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) for imaging equipment, computers and windows.

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