The study provides the European Commission with a technical, environmental and economic analysis of Lifts in accordance with Article 15 of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC. The product group Lifts is mentioned in the Ecodesign working plan 2016-2019 (Communication from the Commission) as a product group with a large energy saving potential. This preparatory study follows the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP). This methodology consists of 7 tasks ranging from product definition to policy scenario analysis.
The first task defines the scope of the study and as a consequence the scope of a possible legislation. In scope are lifts for persons and/or goods (no escalators or moving walks) which are defined as a lift according to the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU and which are ‘new’ according to the Guidance on application of Directive 95/16/EC.
The following tasks define the market, the users and the available technologies (average product entering the market today, BAT and BNAT). Based on the outcome of these tasks, 6 base cases have been defined. The base cases cover a large part of the market and are average products entering the market today. Two hydraulic lifts are considered and 4 traction lifts. Task 5 on environment and economics consists of a simplified life cycle assessment and life cycle costing of the defined base cases.
In task 6 the improvement potential of BATs will be determined. Task 7 will describe barriers (and opportunities) for improvements of the environmental impact of the product group Lifts and will investigate opportunities for Ecodesign measures. The study will be concluded with a summary of the main policy recommendations per product group (base cases).
A large team works on the study with EnergyVille/VITO being the main contractor and lead of specific tasks on markets and environment and economics. Fraunhofer ISI is technical lead of the study.
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