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.



Resource policies and competitiveness

This chapter discusses how IMs related to resource use can affect the competitive position of EU industries. We first discuss introduce the topic more broadly, before discussing the general link between resource efficiency and competitiveness, followed by a discussion on the link to new business models. We then discuss how various product standards may provide benefits to European industries through competence building. Finally we discuss the link between mandatory product standards and competitiveness.


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