As part of the project, the consortium is conducting preparatory studies and providing technical support for a wide range of product groups (including building automated control systems, signage displays, et cetera). To this end, the updated MEErP methodology (Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related Products) is used to assess whether and which Ecodesign requirements for products are appropriate under the Ecodesign Directive.
In addition, the consortium carries out a comparative analysis of all relevant existing EU policy instruments (e.g. Ecodesign, energy label, Eco-labelling, Energy Star, self-regulatory measures, procurement criteria). The study also includes an analysis of the possibility of (i) merging the relevant new and/or existing implementing measures covering product groups of similar functions or requirements or (ii) extending their scope of application by including new relevant product group(s).
Furthermore, the study comprises an analysis of the possibility of applying the extended product approach in determining Ecodesign requirements, i.e. extending the product boundaries to other products in the affected energy systems (e.g. transmission and control technology). This also includes an analysis of the most important non-energy environmental aspects relevant to the product group. The study also analyses the feasibility of introducing requirements for durability, dismantling, recyclability as well as other relevant aspects of resource and material efficiency.