Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC
The scope of Energy using product directive was expanded to all energy related products in 2009, when the recast of the Ecodesign Directive 2005/32/EC was adopted. The Eco-design directive doesn't set binding requirements on products by itself, but through implementing measures adopted on a case by case basis for each product group.
Within the SCP-IP action plan, after the first work on Energy labeling during Spring, the Commission is now active on the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive (2005/32/EC), which applies to all energy using products (except vehicles for transport) and covers all energy sources.
Please follow this link to read the Ecodesign Directive.
Communication on Building the Singe Market for Green Products
The European Commission adopted the Communication on 9 April 2013. The Communication aims at facilitating the implementation of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, in particular the section related to Sustainable Consumption and Production.
It offers harmonized methods to measure the environmental performances of products and organizations:
- Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
- Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) methods
A three-year testing period is expected to be launched soon after the adoption of the Communication. And an open call for volunteers will be published by the Commission inviting companies, industrial and stakeholder organisations in the EU and beyond to participate in the development of product-group specific and sector-specific rules.
A second phase will build on an in-depth evaluation of the results of the three-year testing and additional actions carried out under the Communication and the Recommendation. Based on this evaluation, the Commission will decide on further policy applications of the PEF and OEF methods.
For further information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/smgp/index.htm
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Communication on the Sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector
The Commission has adopted on 31 July 2012 a Communication on a strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises (COM(2012) 433).
The Strategy has 5 key objectives:
1. Stimulating favourable investment conditions
2. Improving the human-capital basis of the construction sector
3. Improving resource efficiency, environmental performance and business opportunities
The Commissions intends to create mutual recognition or the harmonisation of the various existing assessment methods for construction products, processes and works in the future. It is believed to widen the concept of sustainable construction. It needs to take into account the unique properties of concrete, such as its high thermal mass, its sound suppression properties as well as its high resistance to fire which makes it a highly safe and secure material.
4.Strengthening the Internal Market for construction
The strategy aims to create a more favourable internal market for construction products and services, reducing administrative burden and establish clearer and more predictable rules. Eurocodes is mentioned as a mean of “facilitator” in the
5.Fostering the global competitive position of European construction enterprises
The Communication called for the creation of a High Level Forum and thematic working groups with representatives from the member states and the industry helping the implementation of the proposed measures. Five thematic groups were created in the Forum:
1.Stimulating investment in buildings' renovation and innovation
2.Skills and qualifications
3.Sustainable use of natural resources
4.Internal market for both products and services
Please follow this link to the full text.
Communication on Smart cities and Communitis Initiative
The Communication is an industry lead initiative and aims at addressing multisectoral issues such as energy, transport etc.The partnership proposes to pool resources to support the demonstration of energy, transport and information and communication technologies (ICT) in urban areas. The energy, transport and ICT industries are invited to work together with cities to combine their technologies to address cities' needs.
·Urban approach sustainability
·Increase resource efficiency leading to sustainable building materials
·Use of indicators and impact asessment
Issues the paper will address:
·Smart buildings and neighbourhoods
Please follow this link to the full text.