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Ecodesign methodology

The Methodology for Ecodesign was developed to allow investigating whether and which ecodesign requirements are appropriate for products under the Ecodesign Directive.

In accordance with Annexes 1 and 2 of the Ecodesign Directive, the methodology allows investigating all stages of the life cycle of the products, all environmental aspects as well as technical and economic issues.

The Methodology for the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP) is based on a study reviewing the effectiveness and extending the first methodology (MEEuP) from energy-using to energy-related products. The methodology has been endorsed by the Ecodesign Consultation Forum of 20 January 2012, and will be used by the Commission as the basis for studies from this point onwards to prepare draft implementing measures.

In December 2013 a study about material-efficiency for the Ecodesign Methodology was finalised. The study analysed materials and efficiency indicators to seek out suitable and robust assessment criteria for use in Ecodesign preparatory studies and impact assessments. The study concluded that the methodology is fit for purpose, and suggested that the following selected and tested material efficiency parameters should be added: recyclability benefit rates, recycled content, lifetime, and a critical raw material index, enabling further analyses of material efficiency aspects in products. Link project website:


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