The Ecodesign Directive

Sustainable industrial policy aims in particular at developing a policy to foster environmental and energy efficient products in the internal market. The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC ( ) is the cornerstone of this approach. It establishes a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of those products within the internal market. Directive 2009/125/EC repealed the original Directive 2005/32/EC for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products. It prevents disparate national legislations on the environmental performance of these products from becoming obstacles to the intra-EU trade and contributes to sustainable development by increasing energy efficiency and the level of protection of the environment, taking into account the whole life cycle cost. The Ecodesign directive does not set binding requirements on products by itself but it provides the framework (rules and criteria) for setting such binding requirements through ‘Implementing Measures’ ( ). It is also possible to introduce information requirements for components and sub-assemblies. Product groups are first identified Working Plan ( ).


The Preparatory Study

The product group "Power Cables" was identified as priority group in the working plan Working Plan for the period 2012 – 2014 (  ). The preparatory study will provide the necessary information to prepare for the next phases in the policy process (carried out by the Commission) and in particular the impact assessment, the consultation forum, and the possible draft implementing measures. Therefore at the outset, a preparatory study will consider whether and which ecodesign requirements should be set for a particular product, recommending ways to improve its environmental performance.
The approach used throughout this study is the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related products (MEErP), which is furher explained in the section "Methodology".