Position Paper: A vibrant Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017

Thanks to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, adopted energy efficiency measures are expected to decrease Europe’s energy dependence by as much as 175 million tonnes of oil equivalent annually by 2020, 48 percent of Europe’s 2020 energy savings target. That is a staggering amount, enough to offset 219 large coal power stations (500 MW) producing the equivalent electricity, or the equivalent CO2 from 182 million cars. An ongoing European Commission study highlights that these energy savings could increase by 50% by 2030 and triple consumer savings. Yet occasional attacks from anti- European media outlets, resentful of policies impacting the daily life of citizens, could mothball the successful implementation of this policy.

This Coolproducts briefing explains what is at risk and highlights the priority products that should be included in the Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017, as an essential cornerstone for the EU 2030 energy and resource efficiency strategy.

Building on the available preliminary assessment of potential new product groups tackled by the draft preparatory study, Coolproducts calls for the following product/aspects to be included as a priority in the next Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-17:

  • Building automation and control systems (BACS), hand dryers, lifts, PV inverters, refrigerated containers, high-pressure cleaners
  • Gateways, base stations, wireless chargers, signage displays
  • Mobile phones
  • Kettles, hair dryers and toasters
  • Professional & commercial product standby and off modes

Read the briefing here