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(May 02, 2008) On February 27, 2008, the German Parliament enacted the Act Concerning Energy-Using Products (BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 258), which transposes into German law the European Union's Eco-Design Directive (Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of July 6, 2005, establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products, 2005 OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (L191)). The German Act and the EU Directive aim at setting minimum requirements for all products that use energy (except for vehicles). The products should be designed to minimize the use of energy when they are being operated and also to minimize environmental damage through the production of the materials from which these products are made.

The Directive foresees that, beginning in 2009, products for which eco-design recommendations have been established may not be imported or produced unless they live up to these requirements. The German Act designates the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesamt für Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung Web site, http://www.bam.de/ (last visited Apr. 30, 2008)) as the coordinating agency that is to commission the studies of groups of products, publish their results, and then discuss them with industry and other German agencies prior to the creation of national requirements.

Author: Edith Palmer More by this author
Topic: Energy More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Germany More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008