EuP (Energy Using Products)
EuP = Energy Using Products
Energy using products are products which need energy (such as electricity, fossil fuels and renewable clean fuel) as input in order to work or produce, transport and measure such energy products, but it also refers to components which can be used as individual parts for a final user and these can be assessed for environmental performance individually.
2. EuP Directive (Eco-Design of Energy-using Products Directive)
To increase energy efficiency and protect the environment, EuP became another directive under the CE mark in Europe. EuP Directive 2005/32/EC requires manufacturers and importers to assess the environmental factors in the entire life cycle of the product, and to optimize the design based upon the results of the assessment in order to improve the product's impact to environment. This directive will affect the entire life cycle of the electrical and electronic products from design to scrap. As a necessitated under the CE mark, requirements of the EuP Directive will become mandatory along with EMC, Safety, R&TTE and other directives' requirements.
3. Two requirements are needed to comply with EuP directive:
- For all types of products, general requirements are the same, namely, product life-cycle environmental assessment.
- Special requirements listed in the implementation instructions are more focused on energy consumption and energy efficiency requirements through the specific limits set for products. Products meet the general requirements as long as the special requirements meet the EuP Directive.
4. Products under the scope of the EuP Directive
To judge whether a product falls under the EuP Directive, the following criteria should be considered:
- sales and trading of more than 200,000 units annually in Europe
- significant impact on the environment
- large potential improvement on environmental impact
5. Who is responsible for the EuP Directive According to the directive
Manufacturers and importers should take the responsibility for products compliance. Manufacturers must ensure that its products meet the energy requirements of the application, issue a declaration of conformity and affix the CE mark on the product. If the manufacturer is not in Europe, and there is no legal representative in Europe, then the importer must ensure compliance.
ErP = Energy Related Product Directive
On October 21, 2009, European Council issued directive 2009/125/EC (Eco-Design of Energy-related Products Directive) to replace the older version 2005/32/EC (Eco-Design of Energy-using Products Directive). Product range is extended from energy-using products to all energy-related products. The new directive (referred to as ErP Directive) came into effect on November 20, 2009. New and older content is almost no difference, the main revision is to make some of the provisions more clear and understandable, and there is no impact on the 10 implementation measures published by European Union.
2. Products currently under ErP Directive:
- All the energy-using products covered by EuP Directive (TV, microwave and refrigerator, etc.)
- All energy saving products (windows, insulation or sealing materials, and water-using products such as faucets, shower head, etc.)