Ecodesign regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 is under revision. This regulation, governing standby and off modes, entered into force on January 7, 2009 with updated draft guidelines published in October 2009. An amendment for networked products also entered into force in 2013. These Ecodesign requirements aim to ensure the lowest possible energy use for small and large household appliances and electronic products in passive standby and off modes. The measure, moreover, is horizontal, with requirements applicable to all products, even those for which specific requirements are not yet defined.
From 2015 to 2017, the European Commission carried out a review study to examine the appropriateness of the scope and level of requirements of the amended regulation for standby, off modes, and networked standby. The review study identified further improvements that could be made to the current regulation, resulting in lower overall energy consumption and related emissions achievable at no perceived excessive life cycle costs for the products.
Among the proposed changes is to lower the standby/off-mode requirement to 0.3 W from 0.5 W. Regarding the timeline, such a provision would apply two years after the regulation has come into force. From the date of entry into force, power consumption of equipment in any off-mode condition shall not exceed 0.5 W. Similarly, in standby mode, the power consumption of equipment in any condition providing only a reactivation function, or providing only a reactivation function and a mere indication of enabled reactivation function, shall not exceed 0.5 W. The power consumption of equipment in any condition providing only information or status display, or providing only a combination of reactivation function and information or status display shall not exceed 1.0 W.
Because there are still a number of internal procedures remaining, however, the final regulation may still be different from what is currently noted.
A summary of the timeline follows:
- April 2017: Review Study on Standby published
- December 2017: Draft regulation for standby circulated to stakeholders and discussed in the Consultation Forum on December 20, 2017
- Autumn 2018: Submission of final impact assessment to the regulatory scrutiny board
- Winter 2018: If submission successful, then inter-service consultation and final regulatory committee vote on final adoption
- July 2019 (earliest estimate): Entry into force