In the pipeline for a bunch of years the European Union directive on Energy using Products (EuP) was tabled late last year. Aimed at the energy efficiency and sustainability of any product that requires power to operate, it will impact the design of any of new products introduced into Europe.
A conference was held last month, aimed at developing an understanding of what this all means for designers, and their companies, keen to do, or continue, business in Europe (and other regions implementing similar measures). A similar conference was held earlier this year in Thailand, which we noted here. It was also under the auspices of the British Centre for Sustainable Design, a leader in bringing this issues to the fore.
The CFSD believe that eco-design processes hold the solutions to these increasingly prevalent design issues. Particularly, one assumes, with other directives like Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) already making their mark. ::Centre for Sustainable Design, via ::Dexigner. (Thanks Pat, for the date clarification)