The objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other adverse environmental impacts throughout the life-cycle of a product. Emphasis is being placed on the design and development stages of a product with a view to improving its energy efficiency.
Ecodesign regulations require manufacturers to decrease the energy consumption of their products by establishing minimum energy efficiency standards. By setting these standards at European level, manufacturers do not have to navigate through multiple national regulations when launching their products on the market.
The ecodesign requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's Ecodesign Directive, a process managed by the European Commission.
From a product perspective, there are really two main aspects that manufacturers need to consider, namely seasonal efficiency of the appliance and the emissions, notably of nitrogen oxide. The regulations establish how these factors are calculated but the essence is to increase efficiency of the appliance whilst reducing its emissions of nitrogen oxide.
The energy-related products directive has already been implemented for washing machines, TVs, kettles, gas boilers and a number of other products and the new regulations will be applying to warm air heaters from January 2018.