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TOPIC : Ensuring effective implementation of EU product efficiency legislation

Topic identifier: EE-15-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
Deadline: 05 June 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: By 2020 full implementation of the EU product efficiency legislation should be one of the most important contributions to the EU energy efficiency target. The Ecodesign Directive alone should yield yearly savings of up to 600 TWh of electricity and 600 TWh of heat in 2020, as well as net savings for European consumers and businesses of €90 billion per year – 1% of EU’s current GDP – in year 2020 (meaning net savings of €280 per household per year)[1]. Previous initiatives have demonstrated the usefulness of market surveillance activities[2]. However to ensure full implementation of product efficiency legislation, it has also been proven that these activities should be improved.

Scope: Proposals should focus on building up the monitoring, verification and enforcement of the EU's energy-related products policy, in particular for those products that represent the highest energy saving potential (e.g. electric motors, water and space heating and cooling equipment, lighting). Proposals should support higher level of surveillance activities and go beyond product testing activities. They should not replace activities that are under the responsibility of Member States[3] but add European value to these activities (e.g. execution of joint activities, exchange of information, development of common methods, protocols or checklists, etc.). Actions must involve the relevant market surveillance authorities and consumers’ (or other end users') associations as appropriate, and demonstrate a high transnational added value.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1.5 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact: for market surveillance proposals every million Euro of EU support is expected to generate savings of at least 15 GWh/year of energy losses avoided from non-compliance[4]. In addition, proposals should result in an increase of confidence among purchasers, manufacturers and retailers. They should also contribute to the enforcement of EU product legislation.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

[1] Molenbroek, E. Cuijpers, M. & Blok, K. (2012) Economic benefits of the EU Ecodesign Directive. Improving European economies.

[2] e.g. by testing the pan-EU compliance of energy-related products (see≺id=2613) with the legal requirements.

[3] Article 18 of Regulation (EC) N°765/2008, article 3(2) of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC, and article 3 of the Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU.

[4] Conservative estimate based on the study from Paul Waide (Navigant), quoted above.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:
    - at least three legal entities shall participate in an action;
    - each of the three legal entities shall be established in a different eligible country;
    - all three legal entities shall be independent of each other within the meaning of Article 7 of the rules of participation.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    One-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information
    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.


Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 10. Secure, clean and efficient energy en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Flash Call Info en

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