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issues of particular interest - FMMI

    N? 01 /12 February 2012

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    ; ISSUES OF PARTICULAR INTEREST 3 Internal Market 3 Machinery Directive (MD) ........................................................................................................3 Mechanical engineering Study on competitiveness ...............................................................3 Construction Products Regulation (CPR) .................................................................................3 Construction Products in contact with Drinking Water (CPDW) ................................................4 ATEX Directive ........................................................................................................................4 Low Voltage Directive (LVD) ....................................................................................................4 Electro Magnetic Compatibility Directive (EMCD) .....................................................................4 New Legislative Framework (NLF) ...........................................................................................5 Market Access / External Relations 5 Dual-use items ........................................................................................................................5 EU-Iran ...................................................................................................................................6 Environment 6 REACH ...................................................................................................................................6 RoHS Directive Recast ............................................................................................................7 WEEE Directive Recast ...........................................................................................................7 Sustainable consumption and production Action Plan (SCP) ....................................................7 Environmental footprint initiative ..............................................................................................7 Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, ex-IPPC) ..........................................................................8 Water efficiency in Buildings ....................................................................................................8 Water savings potential in agriculture ......................................................................................8 Energy 8 Directive on Energy Efficiency .................................................................................................8 Ecodesign Directive implementation and review ......................................................................9 Eco design Directive Update on the Lots / implementing measures ..................................... 10 ; ISSUES OF GENERAL INTEREST 11 Internal Market 11 Outdoor Noise Directive (OND) Revision ............................................................................ 11 General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) .............................................................................. 11 Electro Magnetic Fields Directive (EMFD) .............................................................................. 12 Standardisation Policy review ............................................................................................. 12 EU Patent.............................................................................................................................. 12 Common European Sales Law .............................................................................................. 13 European Company Law ....................................................................................................... 13 Market Access / External Relations 13 WTO ruling on China raw materials ....................................................................................... 13 Implementation of the Modernised Customs Code (MCC) ...................................................... 13 Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) ......................................................................... 14 EU-China .............................................................................................................................. 14 EU-India ................................................................................................................................ 14 EU-Argentina......................................................................................................................... 14 EU-Mercosur ......................................................................................................................... 14 EU-Brazil ............................................................................................................................... 15 EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement ................................................................................ 15 EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) .................................. 15 EU-Ukraine ........................................................................................................................... 15 Environment 15 Resource efficiency ............................................................................................................... 15 Ecolabel / Green public procurement ..................................................................................... 16 Research 16 Horizon 2020 - The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation ........................ 16 ; OTHER PUBLICATIONS/CONSULTATIONS/CALLS /EVENTS 16

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    ; ISSUES OF PARTICULAR INTEREST

Internal Market

Machinery Directive (MD)

    The last Machinery Committee meeting took place on 14-15 February 2012. The agenda and working documents are available from the secretariat. At the end of the discussions, the

    European Commission announced a possible meeting on 25 April 2012 (to be confirmed) to discuss the possible merger of the Machinery Directive 2006/34/EC and the Outdoor Noise

    Directive 2000/14/EC. No further details on such discussions are available to date. The minutes of the meeting should be available shortly before the one scheduled to take place on 3-4 July. Commission Decision C(2011) 9772, requiring Member States to prohibit the placing on the

    market of flail-type cutting attachments for portable hand-held brush cutters, was adopted on 19 January 2012 and published in the OJEU on 21 January 2012 (L 18/5). The deadline for implementation of the Decision by the Member States is 30 April 2012.

    The Orgalime Machinery Core Group last met on 9 February 2012. The agenda and working documents are available from the secretariat.

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    Mechanical engineering Study on competitiveness

    The study on the competitiveness of mechanical engineering (ME) has been published by the European Commission on its website.

    As a reminder, it finds that the ME global trade value in 2010 was ?539 billion. With ?200 billion,

    the EU has a 37% share, leading by far and having strengthened its position since 2000 (34%). Although European ME has lower labour productivity than that of the US and Japan, its strength lies in its ability to provide complete solutions combining machinery and software (“systems”)

    and attached services, the share of which has been growing. It also commands a strong technological position in international competition.

    The study formulates some interesting recommendations concerning market surveillance, the introduction of new/updated health & safety and environmental requirements, the openness to industry self-regulation (e.g. energy-related products Directive) and the strengthening of human resources. [Back to the top]

    Construction Products Regulation (CPR)

    The last Commission Standing Committee for Construction meeting took place on 23 January 2012 for the Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC (CPD) and on 24 January 2012 for the

    Construction Products Regulation No 305/2011 (CPR). The agendas, working documents and

    meeting notes are available from the secretariat.

    CEPMC, the Council of European Producers of Materials for Construction, will hold a first meeting of its new “CPR” Working Group on 27 February 2012. Apart from practical discussions

    on both the CPD and the CPR, an hour-long round table with European Commission representatives is planned to discuss the supply of declarations of performance (DoP) (use of

    websites); information accompanying the CE marking on products (article 9.2); the preparation of DoP on the basis of existing ETAs; the declaration of information required by REACH; the effect and time schedule regarding delegated acts (articles 60, 61, 67, 68) and consequences of the CPR; and the revision of existing harmonised product standards. [Back to the top]

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Construction Products in contact with Drinking Water (CPDW)

    Progress is slow but all actors in this field are moving ahead. On the European Commission side, the main task is to assist the standardisation Technical Committees in drafting product standards, through the sub-groups of EG-CPDW. The European Commission is still working closely with the 4MS for better consistency in the work.

    The 4MS are currently focusing on cementitious and organic materials, with the aim of building positive lists of constituents. Industrialists have taken over work on metallic materials: a consortium of valve manufacturers and copper industrialists is working on a proposal for new brass casting alloy for long-term rig-testing (6 months).

    Another key problem with materials in contact with drinking water is the enhancement of microbial growth assessment. There are currently 3 methods in Europe and a draft standard including all of them. Finland will organise a seminar in May 2012 at which the pros and cons of each method will be presented.

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    ATEX Directive

    Following the Commission proposals package for the alignment of 9 Directives with the New

    Legislative Framework issued in November 2011, which includes the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC

    (see article on the New Legislative Framework (NLF)), Orgalime is currently drafting a position on the package which contains specific comments relating to the ATEX Directive. As a reminder, the alignment should not involve any changes to the requirements of the directive, but should streamline its legal framework and concepts in order to facilitate market surveillance. The package is being discussed in the European Parliament and Council, and final adoption is foreseen possibly towards the end of 2012. This will mean changes to the reference number of the directive once it is published in the OJEU.

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    Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

    Following the Commission proposals package for the alignment of 9 Directives with the New

    Legislative Framework issued in November 2011, which includes the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EEC (see article on the New Legislative Framework (NLF)), Orgalime is currently drafting a position on the package which contains specific comments relating to the LVD. As a reminder, the alignment should not involve any changes to the requirements of the directive, but should streamline its legal framework and concepts in order to facilitate market surveillance. The package is being discussed in the European Parliament and Council, and final adoption is foreseen possibly towards the end of 2012. This will mean changes to the reference number of the directive once it is published in the OJEU.

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Electro Magnetic Compatibility Directive (EMCD)

    Following the Commission proposals package for the alignment of 9 Directives with the New

    Legislative Framework issued in November 2011, which includes the Electromagnetic

    Compatibility Directive 2004/108/EC (see article on the New Legislative Framework (NLF)),

    Orgalime is currently drafting a position on the package which contains specific comments relating to the EMCD. As a reminder, the alignment should not involve any changes to the requirements of the directive, but should streamline its legal framework and concepts in order to facilitate market surveillance. The package is being discussed in the European Parliament and Council, and final adoption is foreseen possibly towards the end of 2012. This will mean changes to the reference number of the directive once it is published in the OJEU.

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New Legislative Framework (NLF)

    Following the Commission proposals package for the alignment of 9 Directives with the New

    Legislative Framework issued in November 2011, the draft report from EP Rapporteur in the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Affairs (IMCO - responsible committee), Ms Zuzanna Roithova (EPP, CS) is expected towards the end of March 2012. An exchange of views is scheduled in IMCO at the end of February (without draft report) and on 24 April (with draft report). The deadline for amendments is 7 May and the vote in IMCO should take place on 10 July and in Plenary in September 2012. Orgalime is currently finalising a position with general and specific comments relating to the LVD, EMCD, ATEX directive, SPVD and MID. As a reminder, changes made for the alignment relate to definitions, obligations of economic operators, traceability requirements, conformity assessment bodies and procedures, CE marking, etc. The alignment should not result in any changes to technical content. However, the texts were reviewed and their formulation may be different. The Pressure Equipment Directive 1997/23/EC has been left out of the package which now covers only 9 directives (Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EEC; Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004/108/EC; Simple Pressure

    Vessels Directive 2009/105/EC; Measuring Instruments Directive 2004/22/EC; Non-automatic

    Weighing Instruments Directive 2009/23/EC; Civil Explosives Directive 93/15/EEC; Pyrotechnic

    Articles Directive 2007/23/EC; ATEX Directive 94/9/EC on equipment and protective systems

    intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres; Lifts Directive 95/16/EC). The package

    could be adopted in late 2012. The Directives could then be expected to come into force at the end of 2014 after a transition period.

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Market Access / External Relations

Dual-use items

    Following the 2011 Green Paper on the EU dual-use export control system and a public

    consultation closed at the end of October 2011, the European Commission is now evaluating the input and the possible policy options it could propose with the aim to rethink the patterns of the export controls system, address the various implementation issues, and establish a system that could ensure equal requirements of exporters at EU level.

    On 25 January Mr Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden) was appointed in the International Trade

    Committee of the Parliament to lead the drafting of a report on the Commission proposal

    amending Regulation (EC) No 428/2009. This Regulation set up a Community regime for the

    control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items. The 2011 proposal updates the EU control list (Annex I), makes modifications to the EU General Export Authorisations (Annex II) and introduces delegated acts in order to allow the Commission to rapidly remove destinations and/or items from the scope of existing EU General Export Authorisations. The European Parliament and the Council made progress on two legislative proposals that will amend Regulation (EC) No 428/2009. The first proposal (COM (2008)854) was adopted and

    published in the Official Journal on 8 December and will introduce new EU General Export

    Authorisations. This amending Regulation also modifies the terminology used in Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 (references to 'Community' will, wherever possible, be changed to 'Union'). The second proposal (COM (2010)509) aims at updating the EU control list by introducing modifications agreed in the international export control regimes in 2009. After the European Parliament, the Council for General Affairs approved the update of the list. In addition,

    amendments to Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 were published with a view to creating new EU General Export Authorisations for the export of certain specific dual-use items to certain specific destinations. [Back to the top]

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EU-Iran

    On 23 January, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted a restriction package of new measures

    against Iran. These consist of an oil embargo, sanctions on the petrochemicals industry and

    financial measures. They also include restrictions on the export of additional „dual-use items‟.

    The trade boycott followed a new round of measures adopted by the United States to stop the Iranian nuclear development programme. The EU will try to seek the help of India to get Iran back to the negotiating table.

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Environment

REACH

    On the candidate list, 7 out of 13 expected Annex XV dossiers for identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) were submitted to ECHA at the end of January 2012. ECHA will soon launch a stakeholder consultation. The list of the substances submitted and the list of

    remaining substances intended to be submitted are available on the ECHA website. Meanwhile, the ECHA Registry of Intention gives an idea of the next substances to be filed as Annex XV dossiers. Germany filed “diboron trioxide, boric oxide” (CAS 1303-86-2) to be proposed as a

    SVHC. It is used mainly in glass and ceramics: resistors (coating layer, conductive layer, over coat, resistive layer...), mostly in glass; inductors (RF coil, chip coil...): ceramic, glass, lead glass; ceramic capacitors: ceramics, termination...; PWB: fibreglass; displays and display assemblies: glass. rdOn authorisation, ECHA has published its 3 recommendations on priority substances to be

    included in Annex XIV (Authorisation List). ECHA has prioritised 13 substances which fall into 3 groups of substances: chromates (including chromium trioxide), trichloroethylene and cobalt compounds. The European Commission will decide in the coming months (comitology procedure with scrutiny) whether these substances will be included in Annex XIV on the basis of ECHA recommendations. ECHA does not recommend any exemption from the authorisation ndrequirements. On the basis of the draft timeline and the next (2) update of Annex XIV

    (authorisation list) scheduled in February 2013, ECHA recommends prohibiting the use of these substances (unless an authorisation has been granted (sunset date)), as follows: trichloroethylene: 18+18 months after the inclusion in Annex XIV (+/- February 2016); chromates: 21+18 months after the inclusion in Annex XIV (+/- May 2016); cobalt compounds: 24+18 months after the inclusion in Annex XIV (+/- August 2016). The latest authorisation application dates are foreseen 18 months before the sunset date (REACH Article 58.1). In practice, requests for authorisation must be submitted before August 2014 for trichloroethylene, November 2014 for chromates, and February 2015 for cobalt compounds (depending on the substance) in order to be allowed to continue using the substance, even if authorisation is still pending after the sunset date.

    Commission Regulation 125/2012 amending Annex XIV REACH (List of substances subject

    to authorisation) has been published in the Official Journal of the EU (L41 15 February 2012).

    The 8 substances listed in Annex XIV (entries 7 to 14, namely diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), diarsenic trioxide, diarsenic pentaoxide, lead chromate, lead sulfochromate yellow, lead chromate molybdate sulphate red, tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate and 2,4-Dinitrotoluene) will not be placed on the market or used within the next three years unless an authorisation has been granted for a specific use. The sunset date for each substance is provided in Regulation 125/2012.

    For further information on the prioritisation of substances, please check the results of the

    prioritisation of the SVHCs on the candidate list (June 2011), and the “General Approach for

    Prioritisation of SVHCs for Inclusion in the Authorisation List” (May 2010).

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On restrictions, Commission Regulation 109/2012 of 9 February 2012 amending Annex XVII

    REACH (restriction on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, preparations and articles) as regards CMR substances has been published in the Official Journal of the EU (L37 10 February 2012).

    The European Commission (DG ENTR) is organising a conference on REACH & CLP

    Enforcement on 1 March 2012 in Brussels. The conference will be web-streamed. Further

    information on enforcement activities is available on the ECHA website.

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    RoHS Directive Recast stThe 1 stakeholder consultation on the new scope (list of products to be assessed; market data

    collection) closed on 6 January 2012. A second stakeholder consultation covering

    homogeneous material definition, analysis techniques and compliance approaches is now open until 13 April 2012. A second stakeholder meeting on the ongoing impact assessment of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS II) scope took place on 21 February 2012. A report on the first stakeholder consultation was given but, as the consultant asked stakeholders to submit more data, final results will only be presented during the next stakeholder meeting to take place in late April/early May 2012. ERA (the co-contractor) presented options concerning the analysis methods to detect RoHS-restricted substances on products and asked for feedback from stakeholders. The minutes and presentations made during the meeting will soon be available on the contractors‟ website. The impact assessment process will last until mid-2012.

    The European Commission and Member States‟ representatives are still drafting a guidance document on RoHS II and the process seems to gradually become more transparent before formal stakeholder consultation. They have recently invited industry representatives to attend a discussion session dedicated to defining “large-scale” for the 2 exclusions: large-scale fixed

    installations and large-scale stationary industrial tools. Many important points remain to be clarified e.g. implementation deadlines, scope and exclusion criteria. The Orgalime RoHS core group is currently focusing its work in developing more detailed guidelines to feed into this process.

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    WEEE Directive Recast

    Following the deal reached by Parliament and Council at the end of December 2011 on the WEEE Directive, the European Parliament sitting in Plenary formally approved the text on 19

    January 2012. Formal approval by the Council is still awaited before publication in the OJEU. Orgalime starts gathering industry input for a new guidance document on WEEE2.

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    Sustainable consumption and production Action Plan (SCP)

    On 11 January 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation on “Delivering

    more Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The consultation is open until 3 April 2012. The European Commission wants to gather views and additional information on the possible introduction of measures related to sustainable consumption and production. The consultation also looks at Green Public Procurement (GPP), the Environmental Footprint of Products (PEF) and the Environmental Footprint of Organisations (OEF). Orgalime is currently preparing a contribution.

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    Environmental footprint initiative

    DG Environment and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre continue their work on the development of technical guides for the calculation of the environmental footprint of products

    and companies, in the context of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan.

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Following publication of the second draft of the methodology for the environmental footprint of

    products discussed during a workshop on 29-30 November 2011 (videos of the discussions now available), pilot tests for the technical guides are being finalised.

    On 11 January 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation on “Delivering

    more Sustainable Consumption and Production”, open until 3 April 2012, which also looks at the Environmental Footprint of Products (PEF) and Organisations (OEF). [Back to the top]

    Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, ex-IPPC)

    The Article 75 Committee (Member States Committee) met on 21 November 2011 and approved a guidance document on the formulation of BAT conclusions, the BAT conclusions for the Iron & Steel BREF and the Glass Manufacturing BREF.

    In 2012, work on the development of BAT conclusions on the basis of existing BREFs and the transformation of the CLM (Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide production) BREF into BAT Conclusions will be pursued. The minutes of the meeting are available from the secretariat.

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    Water efficiency in Buildings

    The Commission consultation on potential EU measures on water efficiency in buildings closed

    on 8 February 2012. Collected views on potential product-related measures such as minimum water efficiency requirements, voluntary or mandatory labelling for products such as taps, voluntary or mandatory water performance ratings and audits for buildings, certification schemes for water reuse, water metering/smart metering, higher prices etc should soon be published on the Commission website.

    This consultation and possible policy measures were discussed in a stakeholder meeting held on 29November 2011. The minutes of that meeting are now available from the secretariat.

    The recommendations on future options should be available by March 2012 before further stakeholder consultations and ahead of a water protection blueprint due at the end of 2012. The

    European Commission also plans to launch a European innovation partnership on water efficiency in 2013.

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    Water savings potential in agriculture

    The European Commission has issued a report on a study of water savings potential in

    European agriculture. The report identifies 3 types of responses (Chapter 3) to water use/losses in agriculture: technological and management approaches to reduce losses (e.g. pumping, irrigation); using water from other sources; and socio-economic responses (policies, pricing, awareness raising…). This study was conducted in the framework of the EU Water Scarcity &

    Droughts Policy. A "Blueprint to safeguard European waters" is to be finalised by the end of 2012.

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Energy

Directive on Energy Efficiency

    The European Parliament Rapporteur Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg) and shadow Rapporteurs in the ITRE (Industry) Committee have been working since the end of 2012 to find compromises on the draft report and 1800 amendments tabled on the Commission proposal for

    a Directive on Energy Efficiency.

    All main topics have been subject to compromise including binding energy saving targets (Articles 3, 19 & new Annex 0) for which Member States may “encourage voluntary agreement

    among industrial sectors or set separate targets such as primary or final energy intensity or

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    sectoral energy intensities; on building renovation (Article 3a) where it is suggested to establish indicative targets by January 2014 for the reduction of energy consumption of existing buildings for 2020, 2030, 2040, including deep renovation; on financial & technical facilities (Article 2.a); on public procurement (Article 5 & Annex III) for harmonisation of criteria for all products and to take into account cost effectiveness based on a whole life cycle analysis” when setting energy

    efficiency requirements (Annex III); on energy efficiency obligation schemes (Article 6 & Annex V) where the level of ambition, the opt-out clause and exemption for small distributors are maintained; on smart meters (Article 8 & Annex VI), including the request for providing real time information on actual use of energy (free of charge): on energy audit (Article 7) where the mandatory requirement for large companies remains (to be carried out by in-house or external experts); on demand response (Article 12) with further coordination of energy regulatory authorities and demand response programmes to be promoted; and on consumer information & training (Articles 8a & 13a) with an information and empowering programme and information

     and training to educate all actors, including consumers and the whole business chain.In the Council, while all EU Member States confirmed their commitment to the 20% energy efficiency target, they oppose binding targets and stress the need for sufficient flexibility. Agreements are still needed on key issues (i.e. public building, energy efficiency obligation schemes, promotion of efficiency in heating & cooling). Possible forms of financing to make the necessary investments should be clarified. Member States agreed to introduce a method to assess progress made on the achievement of the 20% energy efficiency objective. The European Parliament ITRE Committee vote is scheduled on 28 February 2012. The European Parliament and the Danish Presidency still aim to reach a first reading agreement before 31 July 2012.

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    Ecodesign Directive implementation and review

    A Consultation Forum meeting was held on 20 January 2012 to discuss the draft Commission Working Plan 2012-2014 and the ErP Methodology. The final VHK assessment study report and

    presentations given at the Consultation Forum meeting are available from the secretariat. In short, the Commission presented the two objectives of the draft Working Plan. It aims to set

    new priority products for undertaking preparatory studies and provide an overview of what has been done so far / what will be done on the already identified 37 product groups. The planning of upcoming activities is very ambitious. Until 2014, the Commission plans to adopt 31 implementing measures: 22 for eco design and 9 for energy labelling. It also plans to recognise 4 voluntary agreements, finalise 9 preparatory studies (4 studies to be finished & 5 studies to be launched: lots 27-31) and carry out 11 revisions (8 on eco design & 3 on labelling measures). The Commission also presented the main challenges faced by DG Energy & DG ENTR in the implementation of the Eco Design Directive as well as identified solutions to tackle them. In the draft working plan 2012-2014, the Commission targets 9 products: 8 products, led by windows, taps and showerheads, identified on the basis of the final ranking of the VHK Study, and smart meters / appliances identified in the impact assessment of the Energy Services Directive

    2006/32/EC.

    The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the New Eco design methodology for

    Energy related Products (MEErP). It aims to evaluate whether and to what extent the products fulfil the criteria. VHK, the selected consultant, presented the outcomes of the study to update the method (extension to ErP) and the main changes compared to the existing method. rdOn the study on the evaluation of the Ecodesign Directive, a 3 stakeholder meeting took

    place on 18 January 2012. Presentations given at the meeting and the draft final report are available on the CSES study website. In short, CSES concludes that the directive is relevant

    and coherent, but it is too early to evaluate its effectiveness. CSES conclusions on the extension of the Eco Design Directive are that it is feasible for some non-ErPs, chemical

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    products, i.e. detergents, furniture and mattresses. However there are important feasibility considerations (risk disturbing current implementation, need for additional resources, and lack of measurements). CSES also recommends improving the effectiveness & efficiency of the Directive by e.g. creating national registers for producers to strengthen enforcement, issuing a guidance document on the interface of the Directive with other EU legislation and setting up an executive agency. The final report is being submitted to the Commission shortly and will be published in mid-March 2012. The Commission is expected to consult stakeholders on the outcome of the study later this year.

    Orgalime recently issued two position papers on the Draft Working Plan 2012-2014 and on the

    CSES Draft Final Study Report: on the Evaluation of the Eco Design Directive.

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    Eco design Directive Update on the Lots / implementing measures

    - Boilers and heaters, ENER Lots 1 and 2: finalised measures are expected in the first half

    of 2012. After years of discussions with stakeholders, the European Commission has

    issued the final drafts for boilers (ecodesign, explanatory notes on ecodesign, labelling,

    testing and calculation methods -ecodesign and labelling-) and water heaters (ecodesign,

    explanatory notes, labelling, test and calculation methods -ecodesign and labelling-). These

    were submitted for Commission inter-service consultation in early February 2012. - Computers, ENER Lot 3: a meeting of the Regulatory Committee is expected in April 2012

    and the final adoption later this this year.

    - Standby and off-mode losses, ENER Lot 6: the review of the regulation is scheduled no

    later than 7 January 2015.

    - Battery chargers and external power supplies, ENER Lot 7: a review of the Regulation

    is scheduled no later than 27 April 2013.

    - Room air conditioning appliances, ENER Lot 10, Ventilation fans, ENER Lot 11, and

    Air conditioning and ventilation systems, ENTR Lot 6: the European Commission is

    considering rationalising ecodesign measures covering ventilation products, and merging all

    three measures into one.

    - Circulators in buildings, ENER Lot 11: the regulation will be reviewed soon to cover a

    scope loophole in the existing directive, as well as the methodology for calculating the

    energy efficiency index. The full regulation will be reviewed before 1 January 2017.

    - Water Pumps, ENER Lot 11: after translation and 3-month scrutiny from the Council and

    the Parliament launched in mid-January 2012, the final measure should be adopted and

    published at the earliest during the spring of 2012.

    - Vacuum cleaners, ENER Lot 17: a refined draft of the ecodesign & energy label is being

    prepared and is expected for final adoption in 2012.

    - Domestic and commercial ovens, ENER Lot 22 & domestic and commercial hobs and

    grills, ENER Lot 23: the preparatory study has been completed and is being checked by

    the European Commission. The final adoption is scheduled for 2013.

    - Professional wet appliances and dryers, ENER Lot 24: the preparatory study is

    completed and final reports were published in July 2011.

    - Networked standby losses, ENER Lot 26: the amendments to cover network standby

    modes were discussed in September 2011 and the final adoption is scheduled in 2012. - Uninterruptible power supplies, ENER Lot 27: The study is to be launched in 2012-2013. - Pumps for waste water, ENER Lot 28, large pumps for pools, fountains, aquariums,

    ENER Lot 29: the preparatory studies will be launched in early March 2012. The main

    contractor for Lots 28 and 29 is Bio Intelligence Service. The contractor will launch

    individual websites for stakeholder information and consultation. Final adoption is foreseen

    in 2015.

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