Energy labelling framework
The energy labelling requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's energy labelling framework regulation, in a process coordinated by the European Commission. 15 product groups require an energy label.
Companies can create their own labels for energy efficiency using a range of labelling tools.
The ecodesign requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's ecodesign directive in a process coordinated by the European Commission. The EU legislation on ecodesign is applicable on 31 product groups.
As an alternative, industry sectors may also sign voluntary agreements to reduce the energy consumption of their products. The Commission formally recognises such agreements and monitors their implementation.
The ecodesign directive also establishes a consultation forum to consult stakeholders on the implementation of the directive. The list of members includes representatives from EU countries, industry and civil society. The group is open for observers from candidate and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, and from organisations that have a legitimate interest in the discussion.
National market surveillance authorities verify whether products sold in the EU follow the requirements laid out in ecodesign and energy labelling regulations.
A Commission notice invites national market surveillance authorities to take into account the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic for certain energy labelling and ecodesign requirements.