As per the terms of references, four tasks will be performed by the project team to come up with an indicative list of priority product groups:
- In Task 1, we will specify the background and context of the study, describe the methodological approach and develop and implement the approach for stakeholder consultation.
- In Task 2, we will produce a list of energy-related product groups from which priority categories shall later be chosen. This list should, in principle, include all products within the scope of the Ecodesign Directive that have not already been the object of the regulatory process, meaning, they have not been subjected to any Implementing Measures or Voluntary Initiatives. The task also includes the development of an appropriate classification of products.
- In Task 3, we will choose no more than twenty (indicative value mentioned in the terms of references) priority product groups, ranked by resource improvement potential. The basis for this choice is a preliminary analysis that includes (as referred to in Article 15 of the Ecodesign Directive):
- Volume of sales and trade;
- Resource consumption (including energy consumption); and
- Potential for improvement without entailing excessive costs of the product groups.
- In Task 4, we will produce a product matrix, where the ranking of product groups from Task 3 is complemented with quantitative and qualitative considerations. The other information will be related to:
- Other environmental impacts (other than energy and resource consumption, e.g., noise, emissions, etc.);
- Existing regulatory coverage/regulatory feasibility; and
- Impacts on industrial competitiveness.
Stakeholder input is considered crucial for both filling data gaps and ensuring stakeholder support for the Ecodesign process. An important part of the study is therefore the development of a relevant and helpful stakeholder consultation process.