Building on the Eco-design Directive, EuP Group Analysis (I) ENTR Lot 3 Sound and Imaging Equipment

Building on the Eco-design Directive, EuP Group Analysis (I) ENTR Lot 3 Sound and Imaging Equipment

Creator: 

European Union Commission

Contributor: 

AEA Group and Intertek

Date: 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Type: 

Report

Identifier: 

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/sustainability/ecodesign/product-groups_en

Source: 

Original

Language: 

English

Relation: 

Original

Rights: 

Public

Coverage: 

Description: 

This is the final report for the preparatory study for ENTR Lot 3: Sound and imaging equipment : DVD/video players and recorders, video projectors, and video games consoles. The work was carried out by AEA Group and Intertek between January 2009 and November 2010. The study has followed the European Commission’s MEEuP methodology, and our findings to date (in Task order) have shown that: There is a wide range of products available for the presentation of video images. To facilitate manageability of this study, three product types have been investigated1 covering video players / recorders, video projectors, and video games consoles. This is a product area which is undergoing rapid technological change. Newer products are being developed continually that offer more functionality and sophistication to enhance the consumer’s visual appreciation. Consequently, the time scale from new to obsolescence is very short. Many of the products are very new to the European market or reflect a step change in functionality and storage technology (e.g. Blu-Ray Disc playing and recording equipment). The first task in the MEEuP methodology and consequently to our study is to develop a product definition to be used throughout the work and to identify the existing legislation and standards that are pertinent to these products. The definition discussion for these products starts with a review of existing definitions found in various publicly available sources, continues with a risk assessment of those definitions in order to assess their robustness and flexibility, and concludes with a suggested preliminary definition for each product type.