The methodology for the implementing measures of energy using products has been defined by the Commission established in 2004/05 in a well-defined approach, the Methodology for the Eco-design of Energy Using Products (MEEuP). Within this methodology a common framework to gather information as a basis for the evaluation of products is set. This framework enables an evaluation the performance of products covering the relevant criteria of eligibility for implementing measures under the Directive.
With the extension of the scope of the ecodesign directive on Energy related products the methodology has been revised into the Methodology to Energy-related Products (MEErP). It now covers also the specific aspects of energy related products which do not have direct energy consumption, but influence the energy consumption of other products (e.g. windows, heating controls).
Part of the methodology is the use of a simplified reporting tool (EuP EcoReport). This tool enables the user to transfer information from the first stages of the evaluation process into environmental impacts. Information will be collected using the well established MEErP methodology. Results will be information regarding test methods and other relevant standards, market statistics and trends, user behavior, and product technical characteristics, including state-of-the-art products.
The methodology provides the framework to make an assessment of the improvement potential against a Baseline scenario that characterizes the average new EU product.
By using the collected information policy makers will be provided sufficient input to develop minimum requirements for the selected products. Accompanying measures like labeling and incentivising programs may also be part of the considerations.