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Other energy-efficiency legislation

Legislation related to energy efficiency requirements on lighting products.


The following pieces of EU legislation regulate the environmental performance, more particularly the energy efficiency of lighting products. In section 3 below, plans for further legislation are presented.

1. Ecodesign Directive and its implementing regulations

This directive defines the legal framework for setting ecodesign requirements on energy-related products, including lighting products. Ecodesign requirements are minimum requirements that the products need to fulfil if they are to display the CE marking, which is a condition for their placing on the EU market. The original directive from 2005 covered only energy-using products, its scope was extended to energy-related products in 2009. The requirements on the individual product groups are set in implementing regulations.

Example of EU energy label for lamps


Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products.

a) Ecodesign requirements on household lamps:

This is the piece of legislation that covers incandescent lamps and their more energy efficient alternatives.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 244/2009 of 18 March 2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps.

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Commission Regulation (EC) No 859/2009 of 18 September 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 244/2009 as regards the ecodesign requirements on ultraviolet radiation of non-directional household lamps

b) Ecodesign requirements on lighting products used in the tertiary sector

This Regulation covers lighting products typically used in offices, in public street lighting and in industrial lighting.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 245/2009 of 18 March 2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast, for high intensity discharge lamps, and for ballasts and luminaires able to operate such lamps, and repealing Directive 2000/55/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

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2. Energy labelling of lamps

Already since 1998, a Directive requires that most lamps placed on the market in the EU should display on their packaging their energy efficiency using the well-known European A-G scale energy label. On this scale, compact fluorescent lamps are A-class, improved incandescent lamps are C or B class.

Commission Directive 98/11/EC of 27 January 1998 implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC with regard to energy labeling of household lamps.

3. Planned legislation

Preparatory work is currently ongoing in Directorate General Energy for the adoption of further ecodesign requirements on directional household lamps and on the efficiency of luminaires (both household and tertiary sector). These measures will be complemented by an update of the Energy Labelling of Lamps Directive (98/11/EC) to extend its scope to all lamps (including reflector lamps) and potentially by labelling legislation for luminaires.

These measures are planned for adoption in late 2010 or early 2011.

The development of further pieces of implementing legislation under the Ecodesign Directive can be followed on these pages: