Welcome to the "Tapware" website
This is the project website for a pilot study on sanitary tapware (taps and showerheads). This study is being carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) in cooperation with the AEA consultancy. The work is being developed for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment.
You can follow the progress of the study through this website. Stakeholder involvement is a crucial part of this study. By registering as a stakeholder, you can stay informed of latest additions to this site and engage in the consultation. You can always contact us directly.
The purpose of this pilot project is to develop a joint evidence base from which EU policy making in the area of water using products can be developed. In this project, EU Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement criteria will be devised for taps and showerheads. In addition, the evidence base will gather information and data to assist the potential future development of other environmental policy instruments such as Implementing Measures under the Ecodesign Directive. However, Implementing Measures for taps and showerheads will not be developed as part of this project now but might be introduced in future.
The development of a joint evidence base to inform the development of the three different policy instruments (Ecolabel, GPP and Ecodesign) is in line with the approach of the European Commission to ensure policy coherence and compatibility and to improve efficiency.
The study will require active participation from stakeholders who are willing to contribute. If you would like to be involved in the consultation process, you can do so through the website, responding to questionnaires and/or participation at stakeholder meetings.