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ATLETE: Appliance Testing for Energy Label Evaluation (ATLETE)

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The main goal of the ATLETE project was to increase European-wide implementation and control of energy labelling and eco-design implementing measures for appliances. The developed methodology is applicable with very minor adaptations for any Energy-using Products (EuP). Key stakeholders engaged in the project included the EU institutions, governmental organisations, manufacturers, retailers, associations, consumer groups and NGO’s, the media and general public.


  • Setting out and validation of an overall procedure for the compliance monitoring of the declared values for the EU policies.
  • Carrying out of a European-wide market surveillance on a EU policy measure by testing 80 randomly selected refrigerating appliances.
  • 80% of appliances subjected to testing and for which testing has been concluded, complied with the energy efficiency class declaration and the two related key parameters: energy consumption and storage volume.
  • When all the testing parameters were taken into consideration, 57% of them did not comply with at least one of the tested parameters.
  • Review and comparison of the EU and international legislation related to energy labelling of household appliances especially for what concerns the identification of the effective enforcement of existing legislation through national market surveillance.

Lessons learned

  • Well trained and skilled personnel is necessary in both tests laboratories and Market Surveillance Authorities. Knowledge of the formal and technical aspects of the EU labelling/ecodesign legislation, and on how to comply with these aspects, is still insufficient among some market actors, therefore information dissemination has still a role to play.
  • Test conditions in standards need to be unambiguous to avoid different interpretations among different test laboratories, Market Surveillance Authorities and suppliers. Co-operation among stakeholders involved in market surveillance is necessary: test laboratories and national Market Surveillance Authorities need to co-operate with suppliers and retailers to speed up the surveillance.
  • Market surveillance is feasible, and vital to improve the situation. Market attention brings to better results (compliance on label is better than compliance on fiche). Speed of procedures must be compatible with market speed (Market fragmentation/seasonality is even higher for other products). Industry commitment to move further towards a more transparent market is reinforced. Equivalent model names may be of help, if they are actually equivalent.

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Istituto di Studi per l'Integrazione dei Sistemi
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Andrea Ricci
0039 06 3612920
Mr Andrea Ricci
0039 06 3212655
Mr Stefano Proietti
Mario Gualdi
0039 063212655


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01/06/2009 to 31/07/2011
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