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The EuP Directive was adopted in July 2005. By August 2007, the “framework” defines conditions and criteria for establishing requirements of EUP will be put into force but it will not impose requirements directly. A product list may be established by July 2007 for products prior to the adoption of the directives for the following three years.

Scope of Products: The directive applies to all energy-using products and covers all energy sources:
"a product which, once placed in the market and/or put into service, is dependent on energy input (electricity, fossil fuels and renewable energy sources) to work as intended" and "parts dependent on energy input and intended to be incorporated into an EuP covered by [the Directive]". Product volume:The EuP Directive will apply to any type of product with more than 200,000 units sold per year into the European Community. Until now, no specific eco-design requirements have been approved and it is still under preparatory study in order to improve the environmental performance by the product.

Preparatory studies have been commissioned in the following areas: Boilers and combi-boilers (gas/oil/electric) Water heaters (gas/oil/electric) Personal Computers (desktops & laptops) and computer monitors Imaging equipment: copiers, faxes, printers, scanners, multifunctional devices Consumer electronics: televisions Standby and off-mode losses of EuPs Battery chargers and external power supplies Office lightingPublic street lighting Residential room conditioning appliances (airco and ventilation) Electric motors (1-150 kW), water pumps (commercial buildings, drinking water, food, agriculture), circulators in buildings, ventilation fans (nonresidential) Commercial refrigerators and freezers, including chillers, display cabinets and vending machines Domestic refrigerators and freezers Domestic dish washers and washing machines Impact on manufacturers: A) Budgets: Other than product cost and size budgets, energy budgets will be another consideration of manufacturers in each phase of the product’s lifecycle. It includes:
Raw material selection Product design and energy efficiency cost/complexity Manufacturing Packaging/transport/distribution Installation/maintenance, use, and disposal B) Assessments: Manufacturers should also be responsible for a product assessment which shows an improvement of overall environmental performance of the product. Such assessment should be taken at the design stage which has the biggest room for improvement to attain the eco-design requirements. Assessed areas must include:
Consumption of materials, energy and other resources Emissions to air, water or soil Pollution (e.g., noise, vibration, radiation, electromagnetic fields) Waste Reuse, recycling and recovery of materials/energy (WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC will be taken into account.) To view the files please click here

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