Quo vadis Ecodesign?
22.04.2015 The Ecodesign Directive came into force ten years ago. What started with light bulbs is now having an impact on the capital goods of the mechanical engineering industry. Soon, the Directive could be expanded to include new product categories.
VDMA calls for merger of market surveillance systems in Europe
25.03.2015 Last year, more hazardous consumer products were withdrawn from circulation in Europe than ever before. Consumer products that were deemed unsafe or harmful to health, especially toys or clothing, were reported in 2014 via the European rapid alert system RAPEX, according to the European Commission on 23 March.
Competition for 2015 Federal Ecodesign Award opened
04.03.2015 Companies with outstanding performance in terms of functionality, innovative prowess, precision and eco-compatibility can now put themselves forward for the Federal Ecodesign Award of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. Awards will be presented for products, designs and services judged extremely innovative and eco-friendly by a committee of experts. University graduates can also enter the award for young talent.
Electric Motor Regulation: Next regulatory phase as of January 2015
16.12.2014 As part of the Ecodesign Directive, Regulation 640/2009/EC covers the energy consumption of electric motors. Manufacturers and importers of electric motors with a rated output of 0.75 kW - 375 kW are affected.
EU Parliament begins consultation on recycling management
20.11.2014 The European Parliament will adopt a position on recycling management over the coming months. This will involve the revision of the European waste law. The MEPs will also address the issue of the type of political framework that the EU requires to create a more resource-efficient economy.
Commission proposes world’s most stringent regulation on emissions from mobile machinery
20.11.2014 One of the last initiatives put forward by the old European Commission was its proposal on the revision of emission levels for mobile machinery. This affects VDMA in two ways as the proposal is extremely relevant to engine and machinery manufacturers who have to install the new engines into their systems.
Where Ecodesign is right for mechanical engineering
31.10.2014 on 29 October, the EU and representatives of industry met in Brussels to discuss the next products to be covered by the Ecodesign Directive. Ultimately, this could also affect mechanical engineering companies – although VDMA does not think that would necessarily be a bad thing in every case.
VDMA - EU climate resolution sends out signal for investment
24.10.2014 VDMA sees the EU2030 climate objectives as an important signal for investment in eco-friendly technologies.
Machinery Directive: Merger has no Advantages
21.10.2013 As part of the European Commission’s efforts to create better regulation, DG Enterprise commissioned a study on the potential merger of the Machine Directive and the Outdoor Noise Directive. An interim report has now been published, which does not reveal any solid evidence for or against the merger of the legislative acts.
Internal Market for Green Products
16.04.2013 The European Commission’s communication intends to initiate the creation of a single market for green products. For this, the accompanying recommendation suggests, as an implementing instrument, the voluntary application of two methods to measure the environmental footprint of products and organisations.