Addressing resource efficiency through the Ecodesign Directive
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Addressing resource efficiency through the Ecodesign Directive

A review of opportunities and barriers

The European Union has initiated a number of initiatives to improve resource efficiency in Europe. The Ecodesign Directive is one of the policy instruments that could aid the transition towards a more resource efficient economy. So far, the Directive has mainly been applied to set requirements related to energy efficiency, but there is potential for setting legal standards that increase product durability and promote the future re-use and recycling of components and materials. This paper examines the potential benefits and disadvantages in applying the Directive for this purpose, and analyzes the potential to apply certain types of legal standards. There is a need for continuous development of indicators and methods in order to allow for a broader range of legal standards in the future. The study provides some short and long term recommendations on the way forward.

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In this chapter we will review the legal dimension of potential IMs related to resource use. We will first discuss the core issues in relation to the international trade agreements administered by the WTO. We will then analyze the text of the Ecodesign Directive and the potential implications for setting requirements related to resource use and efficiency. Finally, we discuss the link between member state rules and EU rules.