News Archive 2005

News Archive 2005

December 15, 2005

European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Project launched

The objective of the platform is to promote life cycle thinking in business and in policy making in the European Union by focusing on underlying data and methodological needs. The Platform is planned to provide quality assured, life cycle based information on core products and services as well as consensus methodologies.
The project started in mid-2005 and is initially planned to run until mid-2008. It is a joint project between DG Environment and the Commission?s Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC).
more information

October 17, 2005

Final Meeting on EcoDesign

A final workshop presenting the results of the EcoDesign ARC campaign is planed on December 5th, 2005 in Brussel.

The Unit H5: Mechanical and electrical equipment, of the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry, is organizing a workshop for presenting to and discussing with you the results of the EcoDesign ARC campaign. For registration, the agenda and the exact date and location, please visit or just view the Agenda.

Applications will be allowed till 23/11/05 at the latest!
See also the final report, which is the background document also for this final meeting.

August 3, 2005

New Guide for Eco-Design Tools out now!

A systematic approach to eco-design needs appropriate tools. Within the awareness raising campaign an overview on checklists, methodologies and software tools especially for the electrical and electronics sector has been compiled and is published now as a revised 2nd edition. The guide comprises also links to webpages to download tools and for further information. Several tools are available for free. Some of the tools are presented in detail within the workshops of the campaign, see the individual workshop agendas. Download the Guide at EcoDesign Tools.

August 1, 2005

Environmentally Benign Product Design at IMAPS Nordic Conference

Ivan Szendiuch, professor at Brno University of Technology, will give a presentation on "Implementation of Eco Design in the Electronics Sector" at this year's IMAPS Nordic Conference 2005, September 11-14, Tønsberg (Norway). Ivan Szendiuch will present basics on eco-design relevant for the electronics sector, based on findings of the awareness raising campaign. His presentation is scheduled for the "Lead-free & Environment" session. IMAPS is the International Microelectronics And Packaging Society, a non-profit society for companies and institutions involved in electronics packaging and production.

July 7, 2005

Energy-using Products Directive has been Adopted

On July 7 the final text of the European EuP directive has been adopted (Directive 2005/32/EC). This directive provides the framework for eco-design requirements for electrical and electronic equipment. Environmental impacts throughout their entire life cycle will be taken into account and an environmentally friendly design of energy-using products will be aspired. In the near future detailed implementing measures for specific product groups will be adopted. Further information at Legislation and Policy.