Requirements for the eco-design of energy using products in the EU (ErP/EuP) and Germany (EVPG/EnVKG).


The European Eco Design Directives (ErP/EuP)

Since 2005, the European Union began specifying minimum requirements on the energy consumption of energy using products in the EuP Directive (“Energy using Products”) for the first time. It was intentionally not only covering products using electrical power, but instead any kind of energy. In addition, there were new rules for the energy labelling of different product groups. To additionally cover and regulate products that weren’t using energy on the one side while still being relevant in terms of an ecological design the new ErP (“Energy related Products”) replaced the old EuP Directive in 2009.

Practically, the implementation proceeds along groups of products. Via a step-by-step process, so-called “implementation measures” are released and applied to each product group. While there are already numerous implementation measures for the most significant product groups, a lot of additional ones are still in the pipeline. Prominent examples of the EuP/ErP rules are the ban of filament light bulbs and the reduction of stand by losses.

In Germany, the old EuP Directive was transposed into national law via the EBPG. The current ErP Directive is implemented into German law in the form of the “Energieverbrauchsrelevante-Produkte-Gesetz” (EVPG).

Labelling of the energy consumption (EnVKG)

An energy label has to be applied to different kinds of products, following the German “Energieverbrauchskennzeichnungsgesetz” (EnVKG). It shows the expected energy consumption in rainbow colors and letters as well as potential additional information, e.g. on noise, heating or cooling power, water consumption, etc.