On 29 January, the Commission published an impact assessment on the voluntary eco-design scheme proposed by industry for imaging equipment (copiers, printers, multi-functional devices, fax machines). The Commission considered whether mandatory eco-design requirements for imaging equipment should be adopted under the EU’s Eco-design Directive. The Commission concluded that, compared to other energy-related products, there is no major ecodesign problem for imaging equipment. In particular, it considers that energy efficiency and core environmental impacts of imaging equipment are addressed by the voluntary EU ENERGY STAR programme. Accordingly, the Commission believes that continuing the voluntary option, rather than imposing mandatory EU eco-design requirements, is the preferred choice. The Commission stated that it will continue to monitor the application of the voluntary scheme to ensure that it complies with the principles of the Eco-design Directive.

The executive summary of the impact assessment for imaging equipment is available here: http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=SWD:2013:0014:FIN:EN:PDF

The full impact assessment is available here: http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=SWD:2013:0015:FIN:EN:PDF

The Commission’s report to the Parliament and Council accompanying the impact assessment is available here: http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0023:FIN:EN:PDF