Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Ecodesign: What products does it apply to?

Eco-design: what does it apply to?

If you manufacture certain energy-related products you must take account of environmental aspects in the design and development of the products.

If you import or supply certain energy-related products you must ensure that the product meets the specific requirements for the type of product.

Current eco-design requirements

Ecodesign regulations have been agreed for:

  • air conditioning
  • battery chargers and external power supplies
  • boilers
  • circulators
  • domestic dishwashers
  • domestic lighting (phase one)
  • domestic lighting, phase two - reflectors and luminaries
  • domestic refrigerators and freezers
  • domestic washing machines
  • electric motors
  • fans for ventilation (non-domestic)
  • imaging equipment
  • personal computers, laptops and monitors
  • domestic fans
  • set-top boxes
  • standby and off-mode functions
  • televisions
  • tumble driers
  • tertiary lighting - public street lighting and office lighting
  • vacuum cleaners
  • washer/driers
  • water heaters
  • water pumps

Each category is regulated by a separate European Union (EU) implementing regulation. This sets requirements that the products must meet to be placed on the EU market.

The deadlines for meeting the design requirements vary depending on the product. You can find the timescales in the relevant ecodesign regulation. See the page in this guideline on ecodesign of energy-related products legislation.

Further information

Read the detailed guidance from the National Measurement Office (NMO) on the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK: Placing energy related products on the market

GOV.UK: The energy labelling of products

GOV.UK: Saving energy through better products and appliances

EUROPA: Ecodesign and Energy Labelling

Eco-Innovation Observatory: A guide to eco-innovation for SMEs

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