Ecodesign Preparatory Study for Lifts

The Ecodesign Directive establishes a framework for setting requirements to energy-related products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of such products within the internal market of the European Union. In its Working Plan for the period 2016 to 2019, the European Commission has pointed out the need to conduct an Ecodesign preparatory study for “lifts”. This study is to assess the feasibility of Ecodesign requirements for this product group.



There are approximately 5 million lifts in the EU which are consume some 18 TWh of electricity each year. This corresponds to approximately 0.7% of total European electricity demand. The Ecodesign Directive aims to adress the energy efficiency of products like elevators by a framework for setting requirements to energy-related products while ensuring the free movement of such products within the internal market of the European Union. To prepare draft implementing measures for products under this Directive, the European Commission shall make a series of analyses and assessments, which are being called Preparatory Studies. The methodology of these studies is described in the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP).



This study provides the European Commission with a technical, environmental and economical analysis of lifts in accordance with Article 15 of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC. It is based on the MEErP and analyses the following areas:

  • Task 1: Scope (Definition, standards and legislation)
  • Task 2: Markets (Volumens and prices)
  • Task 3: Users (Product demand side)
  • Task 4: Technologies (Product supply side, includes both BAT and BNAT)
  • Task 5: Environment & Economics (Base case LCA & LCC)
  • Task 6: Design options (Feasbility and economics of design options)
  • Task 7: Scenarios (Policy, scenario, impact and sensitivity analysis)

Tasks 1 to 4 have a clear focus on data retrieval and initial analysis and Task 5 to 7 have a clear focus on modeling. It is prescribed that Task 1 to 4 can be performed in parallel and Task 5 to 7 sequential.


The study was started in September 2017 and is expected to be completed in summer 2019. Reports and other related documents will be published on a dedicated webpage for the study under


September 2017 to Summer 2019


  • European Commission (DG GROW)


  • Vito (Belgium)

The Flemish Institute for Technological research (Belgium) is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. VITO’s research agenda tackles the major societal challenges we are facing today. VITO focuses on five different research programmes: sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use.

  • ISR University of Coimbra

The ISR-UC Intelligent Energy Systems Group main research interests include energy-efficient technologies, renewable energies, and energy planning. Recent work includes the coordination of several European projects on market transformation of electric motors and drives, motor systems including lifts, integrated resource planning in the electricity sector, air conditioning, and large-scale use of biomass for combined heat and power production.