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Common appliance policy – All for one, One for all – Energy Labels (COMEON LABELS)

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The ComeOn Labels project aimed at collecting, summarising and sharing the best European experience related to the energy labelling of household appliances and defining and applying the most effective supporting actions for the proper implementation of the new labelling scheme. The main focus areas were: 1. Understanding the legislation – elaboration of (new) legislation summaries and explanations, towards retailers, suppliers, and authorities. 2. Proper information on labels – collection and circulation of product compliance testing, including the best practice related to improving the level of market surveillance. 3. Proper display of energy labels – visits of over 900 shops with the aim to monitor the presence of energy labels, evaluating the results by product and shop type, and monitoring the increase of usage of new energy labels. 4. Consumer awareness – organising numerous consumer activities, resulting in over 580 thousand printed materials and over 115 articles on new energy labels with over 3 million readers and viewers. 5. Product replacement schemes – collecting and defining the main features of successful better and early product replacement schemes.

Results

  • Review of legislation: Elaboration of detailed review of the new European legislation concerning product labelling, starting with the Directive 201/30/EU, through the legislation concerning individual product groups, such as light sources, air-conditioners, and dryers, to specific labelling aspects, such as the comparison of labelling and ecodesign requirements, and an overview of requirements for label information display for distance selling.
  • Label display: The project team has elaborated a detailed overview of the proper label display requirements, and organized three rounds of shop visits in 13 EU countries, visiting in total more then 900 shops. The analysis of shop visits has been undertaken, indicating that kitchen studios and general hypermarkets, among the shops, and wine storage appliances, air-conditioners and ovens, among the product groups, bear the labels in the lowest number of cases.
  • Product testing: A general lack of compliance testing may result in part of the label related energy efficiency not being achieved. The team has therefore collected publicly available information about product compliance testing, and highlighted certain areas, where international cooperation, result sharing and common methodologies could help authorities and other stakeholders to increase the level of surveillance activities and thereby to increase the level of product compliance.
  • Dissemination activities: With the uptake of new energy labels entering shops, the consortium has organised numerous dissemination activities, increasing consumer awareness on new energy labels. In total, over half a million materials have been printed and circulated and more than 3 million readers have benefited from the new energy label information elaborated by the project partners.
  • Product replacement schemes: The product better and early replacement schemes may have the benefit of supporting consumers in selecting more efficient product models and thereby achieving lower energy bills. The team has collected information about the product replacement schemes and their impacts on product selection, if available, and formulated recommendations for possible future improvements in similar schemes in order to achieve even higher efficiency.
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Lessons learned

  • Label display: the results of 900 shop visits around 13 EU countries show that still some 18% of products are not labelled at all and 14% of products are only labelled partially or insufficiently. Given the growing list of products being the subject to energy labelling, further support to retailers is therefore important in helping them to achieve higher compliance with energy labelling requirements, including distant selling and advertisement requirements.
  • New energy labels: new energy labels, since they are only distributed in one part, contribute to the proper label display (old labels are often only available in part), it is therefore important to make sure that the energy label (including their future revisions) will enable simple circulation and display, and high motivation of retailers and suppliers to display them, enabling them to distinguish and promote energy efficient models to consumers.
  • Label compliance: the level of product testing for compliance purposes is low, and too often little information is known about their results or specific activities undertaken. It is therefore important that efforts continue to support national authorities to share best practice, develop specific guidelines, and exchange results of market surveillance activities, and to elaborate common European practices, ensuring that energy labels continue to be a trusted and effective tool.
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SEVEn, Stredisko pro efektivni vyuzivani energie, o.p.s.
Czech Republic
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mr. Juraj Krivošík
Tel: 
+420 224 252 115
Name: 
Juraj Krivošík
Tel: 
00 420 224 252 115
Name: 
Bohuslav Malek
Tel: 
00420 221 592 523
Name: 
Juraj Krivošík
Tel: 
00 420 224 252 115

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Duration:
01/12/2010 to 31/05/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/09/628/SI2.558219

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