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The scope of the review focuses on the aspects that are mentioned in the revision clause (Article 7) of the amended Commission Regulation (EC) 1275/2008, which are:

  • the scope and the requirements for standby/off mode;
  • the appropriateness and level of the requirements for networked standby with regard to the third stage of implementation i.e. as of 1 January 2019;
  • the inclusion of products currently not in scope, e.g. professional equipment and products equipped with electric motors operated by remote control.

Moreover, the study will also assess other relevant aspects of standby/off modes and networked standby, such as potential loopholes or needs for clarifications.
Some examples of study tasks are described in the methodology section.

The Ecodesign Directive

Sustainable industrial policy aims in particular at developing a policy to foster environmental and energy efficient products in the internal market. The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC is the cornerstone of this approach. It establishes a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of those products within the internal market.

The Ecodesign directive itself does not set binding requirements: it provides a framework (rules and criteria) for setting such requirements through implementing measures. It is also possible to introduce information requirements for components and sub-assemblies.

The measures are applicable at a ‘vertical’ level (i.e. at product groups level), whilst other measures are applicable at a ‘horizontal’ level, meaning these shall be applied to a range of product groups which provide a certain function, and that are specifically referred in the implementing measures. In the case of the standby, the product groups covered are listed in the amended 1275/2008 in Annex I.

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