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Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulations adopted to date

The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives make provision for product-specific implementing measures via either mandatory requirements or voluntary agreements. See the List of Ecodesign Measures [238 KB] on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling adopted to date.


Working plan 2012-2014

Article 16 of the Ecodesign Directive requires the European Commission to establish a Second Working Plan setting out an indicative list of products to be considered in priority for implementing measures in 2012-2014.

A study was carried out to provide the Commission with the necessary background on environmental impacts, saving potential and market conditions in order to select the most appropriate energy related products for this Second Working Plan.

The final report "Study on Amended Working Plan under the Ecodesign Directive" (published in January 2012):

More information can be found on the website of the study.

The second Ecodesign Working Plan pdf - 126 KB [126 KB] for the period 2012-2014 was adopted on 7 December 2012


Working plan 2009-2011

The first Working Plan of the Ecodesign Directive was adopted on 21 October 2008. It establishes a list of 10 product groups which have been considered in priority for implementing measures in 2009-2011:


Transitional period 2005-2008

Between the entry into force of the Ecodesign Directive in 2005 and the adoption of the first Working Plan in 2008, a number of implementing measures were prepared for priority products, already identified by the European Climate Change Programme (see Article 16 of the Ecodesign Directive).

13 implementing measures were initiated during this period (see table) by DG Energy.

An Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Preparatory Studies Library has been compiled for many of the earlier Ecodesign/ Energy Labelling product groups examined, including product groups from the "Transitional Period" up to c. 2012, and is freely available via the following link: Preparatory Studies for potential Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislation.

Note that more recent product Preparatory Studies, and ongoing product Preparatory Studies, are available via the product-specific websites (see product hotlinks within the Working Plan for 2012-14, and the Working Plan for 2009-11, if not contained in the above Preparatory Studies Library).

It is estimated that these first 13 Ecodesign and Energy Labelling measures will achieve annual energy savings by 2020 equivalent to more than 12% of the EU's final electricity consumption, every year:

Adopted implementing measures

Estimated savings (annual savings by 2020) in TWh

Standby and off mode losses of electrical and electronic equipment (household and office)


Simple set top boxes


Domestic lighting


Tertiary sector lighting


External power supplies




Electric motors




Domestic refrigeration


Domestic dishwashers


Domestic washing machines


Fans (driven by motors with an electric input power between 125W and 500kW) 


Air conditioners and comfort fans



~ 365TWh

More than 12% of the EU's (2009) final electricity consumption

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