Horizon 2020 projects are helping consumers choose more energy efficient appliances

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Co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, the Digi-Label project has developed a special tool – PocketWatt – to compare both the energy efficiency and running cost of different products directly on your smartphone or tablet.

The aim of Digi-Label, that will end this month, was to make the EU energy label easier to understand and more readily available in-store and online. The digital tool (PocketWatt) developed by the project gives consumers more and better data on the energy consumption of various appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, making further comparisons between products possible.

The pilot phase in the UK and Spain had positive results. An increase in sales of more energy efficient products tackled by the project was reported for most categories at the project’s final event in Brussels. The tool was officially launched in 2018 in shops across Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Digi-Label will end in a few days but the intention, in the short term, is to use the PocketWatt tool as the consumer front-end for the European product database for energy labelling (EPREL).

Two new H2020 projects are in the pipeline to  support consumers, professional buyers, retailers and suppliers during the transition to five of the new EU energy labels, adopted by the European Commission on 11 March 2019.

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