Va contains for the first time cartridges and containers (consumables) in which the 11 OEM members of EuroVAprint (brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, OKI, Sharp, Toshiba and Xerox) and major manufacturers (3T Supplies AG/Peach, ARMOR SAS, Clover Imaging Group and KMP AG) have addressed key issues that have prevented agreement on VA cartridge provisions over the past two years. 23 May 2005: Countries have approved the text of the 2005 Directive: the EU Presidency (Luxembourg) seeks to reach a final agreement in the spring of 2005. Imaging devices are subject to voluntary agreement. A voluntary agreement is proposed by the industries and serves as an alternative to EU ecodesign regulations. This self-regulation allows industries to achieve ecodesign goals faster or at a lower cost compared to mandatory requirements. The signatories of the agreement control their implementation. The European Commission monitors and evaluates the agreement as it must meet certain criteria of the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC). 20 April 2004: The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the proposed EU Framework Directive on Ecodesign for Energy Efficiency and other environmental features of products. The resolution calls for the following measures: – One year after the adoption of the Framework Directive, the Commission should take action on products with high potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a high cost.
These include heating and water heating, electric motor installations, lighting, appliances, office equipment, consumer electronics, and ventilation and air conditioning systems. Similarly, loss of availability of all products should be regulated as quickly as possible. – consumer information requirements for manufacturers and distributors, with information on the impact on the life cycle and the efficient use of products. – the creation of an eco-design body, with the balanced participation of all interested parties, including environmental NGOs. The optional regime applies to imaging devices, including: the definition of imaging devices covered by this system is identical to that of ENERGY STAR devices. The voluntary agreement was signed at the age of sixteen. They are estimated to account for more than 90% of the total EU market for imaging devices. Overhaul Directive – Evaluation 2014 The Ecodesign Directive was assessed in 2014.
The conclusion was that the Ecodesign Directive did not need any changes at this stage. It was envisaged to extend it to non-energy products such as cold water facilities or products with a significant environmental impact on production, but the case was not strong enough to extend the scope of the directive. Development continues in 2012: July 2012: the development of ecodesign measures continues and other product groups are covered: – In recent years, energy efficiency requirements have been implemented for domestic air conditioners, non-residential fans, dishwashers, washing machines and water pumps. – energy efficiency requirements and labelling for household dryers.