Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation as a driver of innovation: A qualitative analysis for Turkish industry

Karagöz, Berker
Sustainable product design, a key component of the transition to a circular economy, aims to reduce the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycle. For this purpose, concepts such as ecodesign and energy labelling have been introduced into the technical requirements of the products. The technical legislation in Turkey is based on the transposition of the EU acquis on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. By imposing energy consumption and resource efficiency thresholds, Ecodesign Directive, 2009/125/EC, pushes manufacturers to design more efficient products. On the other hand, Energy Labelling Framework Regulation (EU) 2017/1369, increases demand for more efficient products by ensuring that consumers are accurately and effectively informed. The push and pull effect of legislation influences the innovation activities of manufacturers. The purpose of this study is to analyze the Turkish industry's attitude toward Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislation. To this end, semi-structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders and responses were analyzed. The regulatory compliance of the various sectors and their challenges faced in the field have also been examined. Based on the findings of the study, policy recommendations were developed in three dimensions of the legislation: innovation, fair and competitive market, and sustainability. The findings of the study is expected to contribute to better implementation of Ecodesign and Energy Labeling legislation in Turkey.


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B. Karagöz, “Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation as a driver of innovation: A qualitative analysis for Turkish industry,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.