The new EU regulations on ecodesign and energy labelling have been published: what’s new?


Regulations EU 2019/2020 on ecodesign and 2019/2015 on energy labelling were published in the European Union Official Journal last December. With these new regulations specific to the lighting sector, the European Commission has introduced, from 2021, the new design criteria and a new energy label with “rescaled” classes. There is no doubt that this will have a decisive impact on the lighting sector. It was in any case a decision we were expecting, part of the broader circular economy implementation strategy.

34/5000 synoptic framework for new regulations

Specifically, the first regulation (2019/2020/EU, Ecodesign), introduces the novelty of integrating all the elements of lighting product legislation in a single text, the so-called Single Lighting Regulation. The eco-compatible design criteria established by this new regulation will come into force on 1 September 2021.

Compared to the new energy labelling regulation for light sources (2019/2015/EU Energy Label), also in force from 1 September 2021, the main novelty is the return to a classification from letters “G” to “A” (from the least to the most efficient) and the new provisions relating to the size and graphic “Lay-out” for the two types. It also introduces the obligation to include a QR code on light source packaging, allowing users and control authorities to access information on the light sources registered by the “Supplier” (manufacturer or importer, depending on the case) in the EPREL (European Product Registry for Energy Labelling) database on the public-access website.

Domus Line, with the support also of ASSIL (Italian Association of Lighting Manufacturers) and Lighting Europe (The European sector association representing national associations of lighting and light source manufacturers), has already set up an internal focus group including the research and development manager, compliance manager, product manager and marketing manager, to adapt all its internal procedures and products to the new standards.


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