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The scope of the review focuses on mainly the three following aspects:

  1. To review the Regulation in the light of the technological progress
  2. To assess design options that can facilitate reuse and recycling
  3. To develop a technology roadmap which includes:
    a. identifying previous technological innovations and current product technologies (incl. BAT);
    b. an outlook of technologies yet to enter the market (BNAT);
    c. an outlook of general technological trends in the product sector;
    d. identification of the energy savings potential of future technologies lie on, as well as the implication for reuse and recycling;
    e. potential hindrances to a successful market entry.

The study tasks are described in the methodology section.

The Ecodesign Directive

Sustainable industrial policy aims in particular at developing a policy to foster environmental and energy efficient products in the internal market. The Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC is the cornerstone of this approach. It establishes a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of those products within the internal market.

The Ecodesign Directive itself does not set binding requirements: it provides a framework (rules and criteria) for setting such requirements through implementing measures. It is also possible to introduce information requirements for components and sub-assemblies.

The measures are applicable at a ‘vertical’ level (i.e. at product groups level), whilst other measures are applicable at a ‘horizontal’ level, meaning these shall be applied to a range of product groups which provide a certain function, and that are specifically referred in the implementing measures. In the case of the circulators, the measures are vertical, covering glandless standalone and glandless integrated circulators as specified in Regulation 641/2009.

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