Impact Assessment of the Sustainable Product Initiative (SPI Project)

Ecodesign for sustainable products: The legislative initiative will entail a revision of the Ecodesign Directive, widening its scope beyond energy-related products and associated environmental provisions, and propose additional legislative measures as appropriate. It will also address the presence of harmful chemicals in products, such as electronics & ICT equipment, textiles, furniture, steel, cement and chemicals.

Under the European Green Deal, the European Commission presented a New Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020, in which it announced a sustainable product policy legislative initiative to make products fit for a climate neutral, resource efficient and circular economy, reduce waste and ensure that the performance of frontrunners in sustainability progressively becomes the norm. The ‘take-make-use-dispose' model can be avoided, and much of a product's environmental impacts is determined at the design stage.


The technical assistance covers results regarding:

  • A proposal for a revised legislation on sustainable products, with an extended product scope (beyond energy-related products) and an extended set of requirements (beyond energy efficiency) compared to the existing Ecodesign Directive;
  • A proposal for a digital Product Passport containing the information needed to perform circular processes (maintenance, repair, recycling) in an efficient way;
  • The design and evaluation of policy options along environmental, economic and social metrics, taking into account the input from a broad range of stakeholders;
  • A concept for supporting the implementation of the revised legislation on enforcement and monitoring.

Fraunhofer ISI led two tasks:

  • Task 2 – Scoping of product coverage
  • Task 8 – Outline of a methodology for SPI implementation

substantially contributed to:

  • Task 9 – Identification of the policy options and analysis of their impacts

and was involved in the following five tasks:

  • Task 1 – Problem Definition and Objectives/ Intervention Logic
  • Task 4 – Economic and reputational incentives and support measures for sustainable products
  • Task 5 – Support for new and existing circular business models
  • Task 7 – Typologies of requirements to be included in the future Ecodesign legislation or in other complementary legislative proposals
  • Task 13 – Support in case of resubmission to or reservations from the Regulatory Scrutiny Board



December 2020 until November 2021


  • European Commission (DG GROW)


  • Economisti Associati (Framework contract manager)
  • Trinomics (project coordinator)
  • Technopolis
  • Bio Innovation Service 


Deliverables were used for the proposal for the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation made public on 30th March 2022 by the European Commission: