31 August 2013 - 30 November 2013
The European Commission, Directorate-General Energy, has launched a consultation on the Energy Labelling Directive and certain aspects of the Ecodesign Directive. Stakeholders are being asked to give their views by the end of November 2013 on the effectiveness of the application of the Directives and their implementing measures. Read more…
This consultation is part of a review of the Energy Labelling Directive (2010/30/EU Art.14) which is required to be carried out by 31 December 2014. It will also contribute additional information to the required review of the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC Art. 21).
The mandatory EU Energy Label was first introduced in 1992 and now covers more than 10 appliance product groups. It provides accurate, relevant and comparable information on energy efficiency and other resource consumption of a product to enable consumers to make informed choices on the products they buy. Energy labelling therefore indirectly improves the overall efficiency of products. The consultation seeks opinions on a number of policy options to improve the Energy label, including the introduction of new energy classes, re-setting the classes to an A to G scale, introducing a dynamic rating system, as well as improvements in the way information on the labels is displayed, and whether life-cycle impacts should be presented.
The Ecodesign Directive, introduced in 2005 and updated in 2009, sets out minimum energy and environmental performance standards for products with the aim of removing the worst performing products from the market. It applies to energy-using products and energy-related products with specific measures implemented for over 20 product groups. The consultation seeks opinions on the products covered under the Directive and whether its scope should be extended to cover non-energy-related products.
There are two versions of the survey available. A simplified questionnaire is tailored to consumers and small and medium-sized enterprises, and a fuller version is targeted at other stakeholders with space to provide free text answers if required. A final evaluation report will be published in 2014.
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