17 September 2020

Work to define new ecodesign priorities for the next four years kicks off in Brussels

The European Commission will soon be drafting a new Ecodesign Working Plan to set out its priorities for the next 2020-2024 Ecodesign and Energy Labelling framework.

The European Commission is preparing the new Working Plan for the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Framework, which has the potential to shape sustainable home appliances, professional equipment and electronic devices across the EU market.

We believe that, in this key document, the EU should expand the catalogue of products covered, adding appliances such as humidifiers, professional and commercial cooking products, loudspeakers and earphones. In addition, all products should be made easier to repair and provision on plastic usage should be systematically considered.  

While developing this new framework is paramount to improve the sustainability of many products in the future, ECOS also urges the Commission not to forget other priorities. Namely, setting a concrete timeline to finalise several ongoing studies concerning various product groups, and advancing the work on for example taps and showers, air conditioners and vacuum cleaners. 


ECOS involved since the early stages of the new working plan

We were one of the organisations invited to offer their views on the ongoing preparatory study that will be used as the foundation for the new ecodesign working plan during a series of online meetings organised by the Commission.

We are pleased to see that DG GROW, the directorate in charge, has the ambition to make the most of the power the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling frameworks, which together constitute one of the greatest success stories of the EU legislation.

The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policy has been one of the most effective instruments at EU level to contribute to the Energy Union and the 2030 energy efficiency target, the EU’s climate goals, and to the EU objective of a Fairer Internal Market.

Read here the full ECOS answer to the preliminary reports for the 2020-2024 Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan, as part of the Coolproducts campaign.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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