EU – Preparatory Study on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling

The European Commission launched a preparatory study earlier this year to assist in preparing the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan for 2020-2024. The list of product categories and the new horizontal measures being considered may be useful information in anticipating upcoming requirements.

The Draft report on the task 2[1] identification of product groups and horizontal measures identifies:

Remaining product groups from working plan 2016-2019:

  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies
  • Professional laundry appliances
  • Professional dishwashers
  • Window products
  • Non-tertiary coffee machines
  • Not selected product groups

New product groups

  • Interconnected home audio and video
  • Small home / office networking equipment
  • Low temperature emitters
  • Air curtains
  • Small-scale cooking products
  • Unmanned aircraft (drones)
  • Water decalcifiers / softeners
  • Base stations and subsystems
  • Industrial sensors
  • Hair dryers
  • Tertiary hot beverage equipment incl. free-standing hot beverage vending machines
  • Greenhouse covers
  • Patio heaters

New horizontal measures

  • Lightweight design
  • Durability
  • Post consumer recycled content
  • Universal External Power Supplies
  • Universal batteries for battery-driven products
  • Ecological profile
  • Horizontal innovative solutions for improved market surveillance

[1] Ecodesign working plan task 2 report,