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Commission sets out ecodesign update

The European Commission has set out its plans for an update to the EU ecodesign directive, which aims to help Europe meet its climate change targets.

 The EU’s ecodesign directive regulates the energy efficiency of household products, including fridges, ovens and televisions. It compels manufacturers to improve the efficiency of their appliances and retailers to display energy labels that help consumers to buy more efficient, cost-saving products.

The new ecodesign plan entails updating the efficiency standards, improving the labelling system and including products such as solar panels in the regulations. The plan is expected to generate €55 billion in revenue for industry and deliver nearly half of the EU’s energy savings target for 2020.

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