Other Environmental Issues

Ecodesign Directive

At a glance

Eco-design  aims at reducing the environmental impact of products, including the energy consumption throughout their entire life cycle, through energy efficiency requirements imposed from the early stage on the design phase.

The Eco-design Directive is a framework Directive: it does not set binding requirements on products by itself, but through implementing measures adopted on a case by case basis for each product group.

A study was cared out to establish the Eco-design Working Plan for 2015-2017.

Work Plan 2016-2019 indicates that “the Commission will explore the possibility of establishing more product-specific and/or horizontal requirements in areas such as durability, reparability,  upgradeability, design for disassembly, ease of reuse and recycling , greenhouse gas and other emissions”.

Ecolabels

At a glance

Ecolabelling” is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification and labelling that is practised around the world. An ecolabel identifies products or services proven environmentally preferable overall, within a specific product or service category.

The European Commission is working on the revision of EU Ecolabel criteria for the product group “Hard Coverings“. These criteria aim to set environmentally-related criteria which are decided upon by considering the entire life cycle of the product, discussions with stakeholders and ease of verification.