The Energy Related Product Directive (ErP)
The Directive2009/125/EC for the Eco design requirements of Energy Related Products (ErP) provides a framework for establishing minimum eco design requirements for energy using and energy related products. The Directive was updated from the Framework Directive for the Eco design of Energy Using Products (EuP) to widen the scope of the Directive 2005/32/EC to include energy related products. The Directive requires manufactures and importers to demonstrate compliance with the Directive’s product-category-specific requirements outlined in so called Implementing Measures (IMs).
The Scope of the Directive
The Directive covers all energy using products, except transport and will now start to include energy related products. However, for a product to be considered for an implementing measure it should:
- have a significant volume of sales and trade, indicatively more than 200,000 units a year within the Community
- have a significant environmental impact within the EU.
- present significant potential for improvement in terms of it’s environmental impact
- without entailing excessive costs, taking into account:
The absence of other Community legislation or failure of market forces to address the issue properly;
A wide disparity in the environmental performance of the energy using products available on the market with equivalent functionality.