Federal Cabinet Approves Draft Bill Transposing Ecodesign Directive 2009

The Federal Cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill amending the Energy Using Products Act (Energiebetriebene-Produkte-Gesetzes – EBPG) to become the Energy Consumption Relevant Products Act (Energieverbrauchsrelevante-Produkte-Gesetz, EVPG). The bill shall transpose the 2009 Ecodesign Directive into German law.

The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC contains a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy related products with the aim of increasing energy efficiency. It replaced Directive 2009/32/EC, which only stipulated requirements for products using energy. The recast directive extended the scope to all products that have an impact on energy consumption, whether directly or indirectly, and can therefore contribute to energy saving. The due date for transposition of the directive was 20 November 2010.

The draft bill proposes to change the name of the law to Energy Consumption Relevant Products Act (Energieverbrauchsrelevante-Produkte-Gesetz, EVPG) to reflect the wider scope of the law. Besides the draft amends provisions regarding market monitoring and accreditation in order to comply with Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products. To this end the draft incorporates amendments in the  Equipment and Product Safety Act (Geräte- und Produktsicherheitsgesetz – GPSG), which the Cabinet also approved. It gives the state authorities greater competences to monitor products made in Germany and abroad.

The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM) associated with BMWi will provide support with regard to the proposed amendments, in particular for small and medium-sized companies.

Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

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