In March 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal for an Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) as part of its wider Circular Economy Action Plan. This initiative, which will build on the Ecodesign Directive and propose additional legislative measures as appropriate, aims to make products placed on the EU market more sustainable.
A well-balanced approach adapted to our value chain will allow for a smooth and accelerated transition to a resource-efficient, low-carbon, and circular economy, which can help realise the EU’s Green Deal’s sustainability objectives. It also can help ensure coherency and complementarity between all policy areas relevant to our sector. To fulfil the ESPR principles and harness their full potential, each covered product category must be scrutinised in detail and carefully assessed.
European Aluminium will work towards ensuring ESPR market instruments are tailored to support the uptake of sustainable products, and its implementation comes with continued work on standards and coherence with existing legislation as well as proportional and adapted Digital Product Passport (DPP) requirements.
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the European internal market and provides a common technical language to assess construction products’ performance. Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE marking are key parts of it.
European Aluminium introduced simplified procedures that allow affordable compliance for manufacturers. Guidance documents for CE marking and declaring performance (DoP) under the Construction Products Regulation (No 305/2011) can be found in the resource centre.
The CPR is currently under revision.
Standards provide a common language for certifying performance and for securing conformity with legislation.
Guidance documents on how to use the more than 120 European standards (ENs) for aluminium and its alloys in various forms.
Our standards cover everything from chemical composition to technical delivery requirements.
Our catalogue of more than 120 European standards (ENs) for aluminium and its alloys in various forms.
Our recommendations for an effective regulation, including market instruments tailored to support the uptake of sustainable products.
We welcome the Commission’s proposal for the ‘Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR)’ and consider it an important framework that can ensure coherency and complementarity with all relevant policy areas.
Supporting sustainable products and consumption
EU product policies like the proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, the Energy Labelling Directive, the Ecolabel Regulation, and Construction Products Regulation constitute the core legal framework defining energy and environmental requirements for a wide range of products. The European Commission identifies priority product groups, studies them, and sets requirements when relevant. European Aluminium strongly supports sustainable product and consumption policies and works with European institutions to ensure suitable requirements are set.