Energy-using products are those products for whose use energy must be supplied in the form of electricity, fossil fuels or renewable energy resources. This applies to all phases of the life cycle of a product, i.e. production, use and disposal.
The objective of the Energy-using Products Act EuPA is to awaken manufacturers and consumers to the issues of energy efficiency and environmental compatibility. The EuPA is thus a significant contribution to climate protection.
"Energy efficiency and environmental compatibility are improved most efficiently in a free-market industry when they succeed in a fair competition. The EuPA and its basis, the European Ecodesign Directive create the Europe-wide conditions for this" says Professor Dr. Manfred Hennecke, BAM's president.
BAM has been trusted with an important new task: according to the law it is the commissioned body. As an interface between EU Commission, Federal Government and manufacturers and federations concerned it coordinates the implementation of this European Directive (2005/32/EG) into German law. In connection with its new task, BAM will delegate an expert who will represent the Federal Government in a consultation forum established by the EU. The member states and federations concerned present their opinions on the planned Ecodesign Provisions, then after discussions in this forum, the European Union issues firm instructions specifying provisions for design and, in particular, energy consumption for the products.
An advisory group consisting of representatives from industry, environmental and consumer federations and the Ministries involved as well as independent specialists has been set up by BAM for the preparation of the German position for the consultation forum. Together with the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the German Energy Agency (dena) BAM compiles the German responses to the planned implementation measures and, through BMWi, passes them on to the European Commission.
BAM informs the public of the current developments of the Ecodesign Provisions. Target groups are primarily small companies that do not maintain their own agencies in Brussels. Further information can be found on our website http://www.ebpg.bam.de.
Dr. Ulrike Rockland | idw
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