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Energy efficiency meets ecodesign - technology impacts of the European EuP directive

: Schischke, K.; Nissen, N.F.; Stobbe, L.; Reichl, H.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Computer Society, Technical Committee on Electronics and the Environment:
IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, ISEE 2008 : 19 - 22 May 2008, San Francisco, CA
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Service Center, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4244-2272-2 (print)
6 pp.
International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment (ISEE) <16, 2008, San Francisco/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZM ()

The framework directive for ecodesign of energy using products (EuP) has been in force in Europe since 2005 already, but only now the process for setting eco-requirements for specific products is becoming clear. The paper explains the results of the so-called preparatory studies, which prepare the definition of eco-requirements, and the current state of the policy process. From the current planning it is possible that in the second half of 2008 there will be implementing measures for the first product groups with a grace period of one product design cycle. Hence, the first compliance deadlines might be due for 2009 already. Although this timeline seems to be comfortable for the manufacturers, it is highly recommended to start early with preparatory activities as this directive will ban certain products and even technologies as such - by setting e.g. strict energy thresholds. The paper outlines these technological consequences for some exemplary product groups: external power supplies, TV sets, imaging equipment, and standby and off-mode losses as a horizontal aspect.