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The Ecodesign and the Energy Label directives are two of the policy instruments deployed in the EU for reducing the environmental impacts of products throughout their entire life cycles. In the last years,the European Commission's Directorates for Energy,and for Enterprise and Industry have implemented ecodesign and labelling requirements to a wide basket of products.

This website provides information on the revision of the Energy Label regulation 1061/2010 and of the Ecodesign Regulation 1015/2010 on household washing machines. The project is carried out for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment by the Directorate B - Growth and Innovation of the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The project has started in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

Regulation 1061/2010 on energy labelling of household washing machines calls for a review in light of technological progress and an assessment of verification tolerances. Regulation 1015/2010 on ecodesign of household washing machines calls for a review 'in light of technological progress' and, particularly, an assessment of verification tolerances, ecodesign requirements on rinsing and spin-drying efficiency and the potential for hot water inlet. Further issues where revision is advisable have been identified in the review study "Omnibus" carried out by the European Commission´s Directorate General for Energy, including the possible extension of the scope of such regulations to washer-dryers.

A comprehensive analysis of household washing machines and washer dryers will be conducted following the Methodology for the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP). This will include the collection, processing and production of environmental, economic and technical information

Based on this evidence, the JRC Directorate B will support DG Environment in the revision of the existing ecodesign and labelling regulations, and in the Impact Assessment.

With the technical support of consultants (Öko Institut and University of Bonn), JRC Directorate B will undertake independent, neutral, science-based research and involve stakeholder experts through a structured technical working group process.

Stakeholder involvement is a crucial part of this study. During the project, continuous and wide consultation is foreseen with experts and stakeholders representing manufacturers, supply chain industry, consumer organizations, academia, and NGOs, as well as Member State representatives.

Active participation of stakeholders, feedback and comments during the project are welcome and appreciated. If you would like to be involved in the consultation process, you are invited to register as a stakeholder through this website and participate through BATIS. Once registered, you will be regularly informed about the progress of the project, preliminary findings, consultations and events, participate in discussion forums, and be able to comment draft documents, and respond to questionnaires. For any administrative queries, please use the dedicated mailbox.