The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC came into force in October 2009. It settled a framework for defining requirements for energy and environmental performance of energy-using and energy-related products. It implies the improvement of environmental performance for products by introducing legal requirements for important energy consumption criteria such as standby energy consumption and off-mode consumption, etc. By introducing different targets, criteria, and measures the Ecodesign Directive will guide product producers to production of a more sustainable range of products, thus supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the Directive involves a requirement for a manufacturer or supplier to provide environment- and energy-related information to the consumer.
The directive will affect important product groups: lighting, household appliances, electric motors, etc. Rules and criteria provided in the framework of the Directive will help to improve and upgrade the requirements to be used in green procurement procedures together with the criteria that are used now based on requirements of energy and environmental labels.
The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC can be found here