The Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) is an integral part of the proactive European environmental policy addressing the important issue of sustainable environmental and economic development targeting climate change and resource depletion. Inspired by the Integrated Product Policy (IPP), this Directive adopts a life cycle oriented approach, from the product design stage, in order to reduce the environmental impact of priority product groups, i.e. products causing significant environmental impacts and having a significant improvement potential.
The MEErP Lot2 Project aims to assess the inclusion of material efficiency parameters and criteria into the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP) and the associated EcoReport Tool. The most important materials from a material efficiency perspective will be identified, and possibilities of regulation of these materials under the Ecodesign Directive will be assessed, while potential material efficiency parameters and the methodology for their calculation will be described and assessed. Projekt outcome is the implementation of the most promising appropriate parameters and approaches to include material efficiency in Ecodesign as an update of the MEErP methodology.
The Wuppertal Institute will contribute its expertise in resource efficiency policies and methodologies to the project. Hence it will attend and review the work progress mainly in the tasks 1 (material efficiency methodologies), 4 (parameters to measure material efficiency) and 5 (suitable information parameters).