There is high CO2 impact associated with consumer products, particularly electronics. This is usually to do with product use and power consumption.

The Eco Design Directive (2009) is legislation enforced by the EU whereby member states must reduce the environmental impact of any ‘energy-related’ products. The directive states that the ‘eco design’ of a product is very important in ‘optimising its environmental performance.’ It also goes on to say that ‘action should be carried out at the design phase of energy-related products.’ (directive 2009/125/EC )

The LCA Calculator can be used as an aid to help manufacturers reduce energy consumption at the design stage in order to adhere to current EU legislation.