The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is responsible for the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive and associated Implementing Measures in to Irish law.
The European Union Ecodesign Directive provides a consistent set of EU wide rules for the energy efficient design of energy using and energy related products.
The most recent transposition of this Directive and Implementing Measures in to Irish law involved Statutory Instrument No 454 of 2013.
A schedule of products covered by the Directive is appended to the Statutory Instrument. Consumer products covered by the Directive are recognisable by the Energy Label attached to them at the point of sale. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is responsible for Energy Labelling and Market Surveillance in Ireland.
Phasing out of incandescent lightbulbs
Under EU Regulation (EC) No 244/2009 with regard to ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps (lightbulbs), inefficient incandescent lightbulbs were phased out across Europe with effect from the 1st September 2009 and replaced by more energy efficient alternatives such as halogen lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). This Regulation was agreed by Member States in December 2008.
Safe disposal of lightbulbs