Revision of the Ecodesign Directive

Briefing 13-04-2022

Ecodesign and energy labelling policies play an important role in the decarbonisation of the energy system. Ecodesign bans the least-efficient products from the market, while energy labelling guides consumers towards the most energy efficient products. While the Ecodesign Directive focused largely on energy aspects, its revision became necessary in light of the transition to a circular economy where the use of natural resources is reassessed to maximise their value and minimise their waste. The recently proposed regulation on ecodesign for sustainable products will extend the scope to a wider range of products, strengthen sustainability and circularity criteria, and introduce new information requirements for products. Following the adoption of the regulation, the Ecodesign Directive will be repealed. The new legal framework aims to put in place a harmonised set of rules for sustainable products across all Member States and ensure a level-playing field for businesses.