On 30 March 2022, the European Commission published a proposal for new ecodesign requirements for sustainable products. The proposal aims to reduce the negative environmental impacts of products throughout their life cycle. On 31 January 2023, the Commission launched a public consultation on the categories of new products and on which measures should be addressed first.
In particular, the consultation will identify the products with the greatest potential for improvement and include them in the Regulation.
The new Regulation will replace the existing Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC. While the old framework only covers energy-related products, the new regulation will also cover other types of products.
The consultation will run until 12 May and will then be evaluated by the Commission. A further targeted consultation is planned for the second quarter of this year. Adoption by the Commission is expected in the first quarter of 2024.