EU actions on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling – Target reached but …

29 / 01 / 2020

In its recently issued special report, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) acknowledged that EU Ecodesign and Energy labels are improving energy efficiency.

The ECA report concludes that EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policy has fulfilled its primary objective of reducing energy consumption of household and industrial products whilst improving consumer awareness. Nevertheless, the report has identified certain shortcomings, mainly referring to delays in the regulatory process and limitations in market surveillance. The report also highlights several issues with the Commission’s ‘package delivery’ approach to implementation, where readily available measures are delayed until the whole package of measures is ready.

2050 climate neutrality can only be achieved by placing energy efficiency measures at the heart of the European Green Deal. EPEE has always promoted the development of Ecodesign and Energy labelling requirements that meet Europe’s environmental challenges, whilst allowing industry to remain competitive. Deepening market surveillance and sharing effective information between the various Market Surveillance Authorities in EU Member States will contribute to the creation of a true level playing field amongst all market actors. Fairer competition, freedom of choice; these are all core EU principles that can contribute to a greener Europe.