Expert analysis of electronics-related legislation and compliance requirements, such as RoHS, REACH and WEEE, from industry expert Gary Nevison of Farnell.
The “eh up” Directive!!
Hi all Let us have a quick look at the EuP (Energy using Products) Directive which, it has been said by some commentators, may have an even more profound effect on industry than the RoHS Directive. The objective of the EuP Directive is to bring about improvements in efficiency of energy using products throughout their life cycle. Its focus is on the design phase since it is considered that this is the determining stage affecting the resources used in a product. The Directive does not apply to means of transport (aircraft, cars etc.) but, apart from this, the scope is deliberately broad, covering, in principle, any product which when in use depends on, generates, transfers or measures energy (electricity, fossil fuel or renewable). Products that may well fall within scope include, for example: Boilers and combi-boilers Water heaters PC’s Imaging equipment Consumer electronics, such as televisions Lighting (office and street) Water pumps Ventilation fans (non residential buildings) Refrigerators and freezers Dishwashers and washing machines Certain criteria will have to be met to ensure that there is a real need and a benefit for each category to fall within scope. A product must: Sell more than 200,000 units per year in the EU Have a significant environmental impact Present significant potential for improvement I will go into greater detail on how this will potentially work during the coming weeks. However, as far as component suppliers and distributors are concerned, EuP is going to mean a continuing pressure to remove restricted substances, and to reduce power consumption and weight. There will also be a growing demand for more comprehensive data on energy use, composition and compatibility of materials, weight, disassembley, recyclability, identification and in some cases a move towards modular designs which can be upgraded more easily. Since EuP requires consideration of the whole life cycle in the context of price, performance and competitiveness, it is to be hoped that this will make for better design changes that are demonstrably beneficial in reducing environmental impact in ways that are not detrimental to commercial considerations. It remains to be seen if this optimistic prospect is realised. If this directive has a potential impact on your business, please drop me a line. Well, enough of EuP and, if that was a bit heavy for you, next stop on our tour is something we can all relate to…..The Battery Directive. Directive Decoder