Among its Horizon 2020 objectives, the European Union aims at reducing the energy consumption by 20%. As a contribution to those efforts, a number of product specific Regulations imposing minimum values for the energy efficiency of products through their whole life cycle are being adopted by the European Commission. 

At the request of the European Commission, CEN and CENELEC develop European Standards that provide manufacturers with dedicated methods for measuring the energy performance of their products against the compulsory values set in the European Regulations.

CEN and CENELEC Contact person: Mercedes Mira Costa 

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Technical bodies and activities

About 25 CEN and CENELEC Technical Committees develop European Standards in the field of Ecodesign, and their number is likely to increase over time depending on the regulatory developments at the level of the European Commission. Technical Committees currently active in this field cover topics as diverse as, and not limited to:
  • Household electrical appliances
  • Power transformers
  • Professional refrigeration
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Heating boilers
  • Lighting
  • Pumps
  • Air conditioning
  • Power electronics
  • Audio, video and multimedia systems
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Fans
  • Water heaters
  • Space heaters
  • Ventilation units
  • Non-household washing machines, dryers and dishwashers
  • Computers and computer servers

In addition, based on a new EC’s standardization request, new work is about to start on horizontal material efficiency aspects covering all products in the scope of Directive 2009/125/EC.

Sector Forum

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the various stakeholders impacted by, involved in or interested in the European standardization activities in a particular domain. It also constitutes a convenient means of coordinating the standardization activities and identifying new standardization needs.
In the field of ecodesign, the Sector Forum is a joint one between CEN and CENELEC. The Terms of Reference of this 'CEN-CENELEC Ecodesign Coordination Group' (Eco-CG) were adopted in 2012.
Any member of the Eco-CG has the possibility to submit specific questions related to the standardization process, the regulatory process, presumption of conformity or tolerances and uncertainties in the framework of the Ecodesign activities. Those questions and their answers are included in a dedicated FAQ, which the Eco-CG decided to make publicly visible.
In order to coordinate ecodesign standardization in the field of Light and Lighting, CEN and CENELEC have created a Coordination Group ‘Light’.

European legislation and mandates

Following specific requests – called 'standardization requests' or 'mandates' – from the European Commission, CEN and CENELEC develop European Standards that support the European legislation in a number of domains. The mandated standards are called 'Harmonized Standards' and their references and titles are published in the 'Official Journal of the European Union'.
EU Directives
In the field of ecodesign, CEN and CENELEC are mandated by the European Commission to develop Harmonized Standards in support of the various product specific Ecodesign Regulations (also known as ‘Implementing Measures’) implementing the framework Directive 2009/125/EC on the ecodesign of energy related products.
An up-to-date overview of the Ecodesign Regulations adopted so far can be accessed through the dedicated EC webpage.
Up until 2012 the European Commission used to mandate CEN and CENELEC by means of individual, product specific standardization requests. Due to the high number of products being regulated in terms of energy efficiency, that approach was replaced in 2012 by a single horizontal mandate, Mandate 495 (M/495), which intended to cover all possible future products to be standardized and was supposed to be amended regularly based on the latest regulatory developments. Only three amendments to M/495 were issued by the European Commission and accepted by CEN and CENELEC as the M/495 concept had to be abandoned in 2013 due to legal reasons. In 2014, the EC therefore reinstated the original approach of issuing individual, product specific mandates.
The individual mandates issued prior to M/495, most of which are still active, are: (all documents are in pdf format)
  • M/439 on standby and off modes power consumption measurement for energy using products
  • M/450 on measurements of no-load condition electric power consumption and average active efficiency of external power supplies
  • M/451 on power consumption measurement of simple set-top boxes in active and stand-by modes
  • M/458 on household washing machines
  • M/459 on household refrigerating appliances
  • M/462 on ICT to enable efficient energy use in fixed and mobile information and communication networks
  • M/469 on circulators
  • M/470 on electric motors
  • M/476 on variable speed drives and/or Power Drive System products
  • M/477 on eco-design of televisions
  • M/481 on household dishwashers
  • M/488 on air conditioners and comfort fans
  • M/500 on fans driven by motors with an electric input power between 125 W and 500 kW

The only three amendments to M/495, which are still valid as well, are: (all in pdf format)

Finally, a , several standardization requests were issued and accepted by CEN and/or CENELEC after 2013 on the following topics:

  • M/534 on water heaters
  • M/535 on space heaters
  • M/537 on ventilation units
  • M/539 on non-household washing machines, dryers and dishwashers
  • M/540 on vacuum cleaners
  • M/543 on material efficiency aspects
  • M/544 on networked standby
  • M/545 on computers and computer servers
  • M/550 on local space heaters
  • M/551 on solid fuel boilers

Forthcoming standardization requests will cover local space heaters, welding equipment, refrigerated commercial display cabinets and solid fuel boilers.

Harmonized Standards
The latest lists of Harmonized Standards published in the Official Journal in support of the already adopted Ecodesign Regulations is available from the dedicated EC’s webpage.


Useful links & documents

Standardization activities in the field of Ecodesign are carried out maintaining daily contacts with the European, Commission’s DG Energy and DG Grow.