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Germany

Overview

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Germany Overview

As a member of the European Union, Germany contributes to the development of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and efficiency labeling programs through the European Commission. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is responsible for the formulation and implementation of German energy policy, in consultation with the Federal Environment Agency and the Federal Institute for Materials, Research and Testing.

Since 1978, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has administered the Blue Angel labeling program for environmentally preferable products. The label is a supplementary policy instrument building on minimum legal requirements, and gives companies an opportunity to promote energy efficient products.

As a member of the European Union, Germany contributes to the development of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and efficiency labeling programs through the European Commission. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is responsible for the formulation and implementation of German energy policy, in consultation with the  and the .Since 1978, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has administered the Blue Angel labeling program for environmentally preferable products. The label is a supplementary policy instrument building on minimum legal requirements, and gives companies an opportunity to promote energy efficient products.

Basic Organization

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) Is responsible for the implementation of EU Regulation into German law and for negotiating standards with the European Commission and other Member States.

The Federal Institute for Materials, Research and Testing (BAM) is the national German market surveillance authority, that represents the 16 federal states (Bundesländer) responsible for enforcing the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations. They work together with BMWi to negotiate standards with the European Commission and other Member States.

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is responsible for administering the national Blue Angel eco-label programme. They also work together with BMWi to negotiate standards with the European Commission and other Member States.

Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). They also work together with BMWi to negotiate standards with the European Commission and other Member States.

Legislative S&L History

Energy using products policy in Germany is driven by two key pieces of European legislation, the Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Framework Directive and the Energy Labeling Framework Directive. These are single market legislation and so are common to the whole of the EU. These are implemented through individual product specific regulations that set out the minimum standards, for energy efficiency and other environmental impacts, and for energy labels. By 2012-13 these product regulations will cover all significant domestic energy using products, most commercial products and some industrial products. Testing standards are also agreed at a European level.

Energy using products policy in Germany is driven by two key pieces of European legislation, the Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Framework Directive and the Energy Labeling Framework Directive. These are single market legislation and so are common to the whole of the EU. These are implemented through individual product specific regulations that set out the minimum standards, for energy efficiency and other environmental impacts, and for energy labels. By 2012-13 these product regulations will cover all significant domestic energy using products, most commercial products and some industrial products. Testing standards are also agreed at a European level.

S&L Regulatory Process

As a Member State of the European Union, Germany follows the EU regulatory process. Read more

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Product Instance IDSectorProduct GroupProduct TypeProduct Subtype
  • Computers & ICT
  • Computer
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
3 Total PoliciesView
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Computers & ICT
  • Hard-Drive
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Under Development
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Computers & ICT
  • Networking Equipment
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Computers & ICT
  • Server
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
Under Development
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Cooking & Dishwashing
  • Coffee Machine
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Cooking & Dishwashing
  • Cooktop/Hob
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Cooking & Dishwashing
  • Dishwasher
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Cooking & Dishwashing
  • Kettle
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Cooking & Dishwashing
  • Microwave
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary
  • Cooking & Dishwashing
  • Oven
MEPS
Label Endorsement
Label Comparative
Code of Conduct
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
2 Total PoliciesView
Mandatory
Voluntary
Mandatory
Voluntary

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