At the end of March, the EU Commission presented a draft for an extended Ecodesign Regulation. We welcome that the EU Commission continues to pursue the ecodesign approach. The Ecodesign Directive has proven over many years to be a strong instrument for increasing the energy efficiency of energy-related products. Important approaches such as the product group approach, the study and life-cycle based methodology and the involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the process have contributed to this success.
Nevertheless, we see difficulties in the implementation of the requirements by companies. We call for full consistency of regulations. There should be no overlaps, duplication of regulations or legal uncertainties. For example, we see a lack of consistency in relation to ingredients Also, regulation will only be successful if the requirements are the same for all market actors in the EU internal market - this includes both those based inside and outside the EU - and their implementation is adequately monitored by market surveillance authorities