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Eco-design for a brighter future


Huw Jones, senior support officer at the National Measurement Office discusses the Eco-design of Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive.


As illustrated by the staged phase out of 'traditional' lamps and the increased development of low energy alternatives such as CFLs and LEDs, regulation and innovation are inextricably linked. But effective regulation requires effective enforcement and with the Eco-design of Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive immediately and directly affecting manufacturers and importers within the lighting industry, the partnership between regulation and innovation has arguably never been so important. The ERP Directive establishes minimum eco-design requirements for a range of listed products but specifically for the lighting industry, non-directional household lamps (Commission Regulation No 244/2009) and fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast, for high intensity discharge lamps, and for ballasts and luminaires able to operate such lamps (Commission Regulation No 245/2009). The Regulations also establish product information requirements for special purpose lamps and provide indicative benchmarks for products intended for use in office lighting and public street lighting.


The Directive is designed to reduce the environmental impact of listed products while ensuring that compliant products have free movement throughout the European market by limiting the maximum amount of energy they are allowed to consume under certain operating conditions.


As part of the CE marking infrastructure, not only are manufacturers and importers required to draw up a declaration of conformity and apply the CE mark to their product, but technical files containing information in support of these declarations must also be maintained and


may include material such as design calculations and test reports on energy consumption. These files may be examined by the market surveillance authority on request. The National Measurement Office (NMO) is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is the appointed market surveillance authority responsible for enforcing the ERP Regulations within the UK. A modern enforcement authority, the NMO combines market surveillance with product testing and business support to increase compliance throughout a rapidly changing industry and technological landscape. The actions taken by the NMO will be


proportionate and are those that will most efficiently achieve the objectives of the regulations and ensure that future actions are taken to assure long-term compliance. In all cases of non-compliance the full suite of possible enforcement actions will be considered and the most appropriate tool selected in order to help those aiming to comply and pursue vigorously those that intend to flout compliance.


For more information on the ERP Directive, including guidance and access to the legislation, visit www.bis.gov.uk/nmo/eup


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