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Addressing resource efficiency through the Ecodesign Directive

A review of opportunities and barriers

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The European Union has initiated a number of initiatives to improve resource efficiency in Europe. The Ecodesign Directive is one of the policy instruments that could aid the transition towards a more resource efficient economy. So far, the Directive has mainly been applied to set requirements related to energy efficiency, but there is potential for setting legal standards that increase product durability and promote the future re-use and recycling of components and materials. This paper examines the potential benefits and disadvantages in applying the Directive for this purpose, and analyzes the potential to apply certain types of legal standards. There is a need for continuous development of indicators and methods in order to allow for a broader range of legal standards in the future. The study provides some short and long term recommendations on the way forward.

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Resource efficiency and Eco-labelling

In this chapter, it is examined if and how resource efficiency parameters are integrated in four voluntary schemes: the Nordic Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel, EU’s Green Public Procurement (EU GPP) criteria and the American Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). The purpose of the study is to identify and explore existing resource efficiency parameters in the instruments and how these can be further unfolded. Further the purpose is to investigate if experiences from the ecolabels can be used when incorporating resource efficiency requirements into the Ecodesign Directive.

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