Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024

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Publication Date 04/05/2022
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Communication adopted by the European Commission on 30 March 2022, setting out its Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan for the period between 2022 and 2024.

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The European Union (EU) has been affected by fresh energy market tensions, highlighting once again the risks and costs that tend to come with extensive reliance on imported fossil fuels. Looking into the future, energy savings are an intrinsic part of developing a cost-optimal, resilient energy system capable of providing affordable energy services to all tackling energy poverty. The EU’s eco-design and energy labelling policies are seen as a key part of this agenda.

Within the possibilities of the existing EU ecodesign rules and in synergy with the focus on energy efficiency, this working plan strengthens the focus on the circularity aspects of ecodesign, following the example set in the previous working plan and in line with the 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan. New product-specific requirements on material efficiency aspects are set to be explored, ahead of the adoption of a proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation.

Both the existing Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Framework Regulation lay down criteria for adopting measures for specific product groups. They also require that priorities are established through regularly updated rolling working plans that take stock of progress made and include indicative priorities for new energy-related product groups to be considered. This Working Plan builds on work done since the adoption of the Ecodesign Directive, and on the previous working plans. It also covers the work required under the Energy Labelling Framework Regulation. The plan also covers similar work on tyre labelling.

This document focuses on energy-related products and lays out the priorities and planning for these. It presents the product-specific and horizontal work involved in implementing, consolidating and further developing this major body of directly applicable EU legislation. It was adopted by the European Commission on 30 March 2022 as part of a policy package addressing the sustainability of products. It was published in the Official Journal on 4 May 2022.

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EUR-LEX: SWD(2022)101: Staff Working Document accompanying the Commission Communication
European Commission: Press Release, 30/03/2022: Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe's resource independence
European Commission: News, 06/04/2022: The ecodesign and energy labelling working plan 2022-2024

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