The goal of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC (also known as the EuP and ErP directive) is to lower the environmental impacts of products and, in particular, improve their energy-efficiency. The directive promotes sustainable development and the level of protection of the environment, while at the same time increasing the security of the energy supply.
The Ecodesign Directive is a framework directive based on which product group specific implementing measures are issued. They define the environmental requirements of product design by product group. Provisions are adopted for product groups that have a significant environmental impact, are manufactured in significant volumes and present significant potential for improvement. Provisions have been adopted or are being prepared for over 30 product groups such as televisions, household refrigeration appliances and lighting fixtures, and electric motors. You can find the product-specific regulations and further information on the Ecodesign Directive at www.ekosuunnittelu.info (in Finnish). The website is the official communication channel for the provisions.
The conformity of the products is verified through internal production control carried out by the manufacturer, including drawing up technical documentation and the EU Declaration of Conformity and affixing the CE marking to the product. The use of a third party in ensuring compliance is not mandatory at this time.
The provisions of ecodesign framework are laid down on the EU level in the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) and on the national level in the Ecodesign Act (1005/2008). The current directive repealed the previous Ecodesign Directive (2005/32/EC, also so-called EuP Directive). The scope of the directive was also expanded from energy-using products to energy-related products.