Known in full as the Directive on the eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP), the EuP is an EU directive designed to reduce the environmental impact of electrical devices.
The directive, which has been phased in to effect since 2007, provides EU-wide rules for the design of electrical and electronic devices that are intended to significantly improve their energy efficiency, reduce use of hazardous substances and increase ease of recycling.
The directive itself does not introduce directly binding requirements for specific products, but requires more specific regulations to be set at a later date.
Most notably, the directive will result in incandescent lightbulbs being banned from 2012 and will require manufactures to meet tough new standards governing how much energy products use when in stand-by mode.
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