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Draft ecodesign regulations for electronic displays (GEN – 741.00)

16 January 2017

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2017-01 - Draft ecodesign regulations for electronic displays
General

Draft ecodesign regulations for electronic displays (GEN – 741.00)

16 January 2017

2 min read

GEN – 741.00. This draft measure applies to all electronic displays (including “monitors”), which primary function is to display visual information. It also targets displays integrated into industrial machinery and other equipment. No previous information has been provided to the industry before and the Ecodesign Consultation Forum has not been notified.

The European Commission launched a four-week public consultation during the Christmas break and it lasts until 18 January 2017 (see here to provide comments).  

Orgalime has summarised the contents of this draft:

  1. Main aspects of the draft Ecodesign measure on electronic displays:
  • It targets all electronic displays (including “monitors”), which are defined as “a display screen and associated electronics that, as its primary function, displays visual information from wired or wireless sources” (Art. 2.1)
  • It sets energy efficiency requirements (Annex II) for product in scope
  • It sets resource efficiency requirements (Annex III)
  • It sets information requirements (Annex IV)
  1. Scope & exclusions

As regards the scope, some types of displays are fully excluded from this Ecodesign measure, basically displays of a surface area smaller than or equal to 1 square decimetre

In addition, displays to be integrated into industrial machinery (Art. 1.4.f) and displays integrated into equipment where the main function is status display or control and function activation (Art. 1.4.g) are exempted from energy efficiency and some information requirements.  Consequently, such type of displays must comply only with resource efficiency requirements (Annex III) and information requirement on repair and end of life documentation (Annex IV.3).

  1. Resource efficiency requirements:

This draft measure illustrates how the resource efficiency / circular economy policy is being introduced. This would contribute to a better implementation of the Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE 2012/19/EU) Directive (fully applicable from mid-August 2018) by facilitating the re-use, dismantling and recovery of waste EEE.

Examples of resource efficiency requirements:

  • manufacturers shall ensure that welding or gluing other than through the use of double-sided adhesive tape are not used as joining or sealing techniques for certain components.
  • Marking of plastic parts (specific logo to be applied for cadmium, mercury)
  • suppliers shall provide information relevant for dismantling, re-use, recycling and recovery at end-of-life including a diagram of the product showing the location of the components and instructions to remove these components.
  1. Possible concerns for equipment manufacturers

We draw your attention on the Article 1.4(f) that intend to exempt display integrated into industrial machinery from energy efficiency and some information requirements. The term “integrated” might be misunderstood: display sold as component to be integrated may not beneficiate from this partial exclusion.

Therefore, Orgalime suggests reformulate the article 1.4(f) as follows:

 “(f) Displays integrated into, or specifically intended to be integrated into, medical equipment (including medical imaging displays), laboratory equipment, industrial machinery”

  1. Procedure & next steps

In parallel of the public consultation, the Commission has already submitted the draft regulation to WTO, for which a deadline of 20 February 2017 applies (see following link: draft ecodesign display regulation). As next step, the Commission will present the draft implementing measure to the Ecodesign regulatory committee (Members States) for vote.

Recommended action

In view of the very tight deadline, we propose that Eurovent supports the Orgalime proposal including the suggestion to support a similar amendment be proposed for Article 1.4(g) on displays integrated into equipment (where the main function is status display or control and function activation).

Related information

WEEE directive: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm

Circular economy: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/circular-economy/index_en.htm

Consultation on this draft until 18 January 2017: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2016-7108187_en

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