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Eco-design Directive

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The European "Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for energy-related products" fixes energetic and environmental relevant requirements for products in one directive. The Energy-using Products Act (EuPA) implements the directive into German law. The central coordination in this task lies in the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy.

The Eco-design Directive intends to establish minimum efficiency requirements for various product groups within individual "implementing measures". It leads to a gradually exclusion of very inefficient appliances and products from the market. This is a contribution to meet national and European climate protection goals at product level.

The revision of the Eco-design Directive, which came into effect on 20 November 2009, is of particular importance to the building sector. With the extended scope, the directive now applies to all products "relevant to energy consumption" in addition to the already included building products (such as boilers, water heaters, air conditioners, pumps). This concerns products that are not directly involved in the chain of energy conversion, but which influence the energy consumption during their use (e.g. insulation and windows).

For more information, please visit the website of the Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM) and the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA).

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