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External power supplies ecodesign consultation

4 September 2019


Consultation on proposals to update existing ecodesign requirements for external power supplies

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking views on the draft Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products (External Power Supplies) Regulations 2020.

The draft regulations propose to introduce UK ecodesign requirements for external power supplies which are in line with those the UK supported at EU level in January 2019.

External power supplies are globally traded devices used to power a large variety of household and office products. They can either charge built-in batteries of electronic and electric devices, eg mobile and cordless phones, notebook computers and tablets, or serve as the main continuous source of power for devices without built-in batteries, eg stand-alone loudspeakers or modems and routers.

The draft regulations set new minimum energy efficiency requirements on:

  • no-load power consumption (power consumed when plugged in but not connected to any device)
  • minimum active efficiency (average efficiency when power is supplied to a device that is being used)

Additionally, the draft regulations set new requirements regarding information provided by manufacturers and importers to end users and market surveillance authorities.

You can download consultation documents and find ways to respond on the GOV.UK website.

The consultation closes at