Appliance standards post-Dieselgate

stepTo wrap up the STEP project, ECOS hosted a launch roundtable for the report together with project partners EEB, CLASP, and Topten.

The roundtable brought together stakeholders from the Ecodesign community, including the European Commission, Digital Europe, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Transport & Environment, BEUC and ECOS. They discussed the representativeness and appropriateness of test methods for energy using appliances.

ECOS outlined that the results of the report sheds light on the shortcomings of current test methods, and also put forth recommendations for policy- and standard-makers to consider for future improvements. ECOS points included:

  • Needing the information on energy labels to be comparable, accurate and relevant for consumers, as already specified in the Energy Labelling Directive
  • Requiring test standards to better represent real-life behaviour of products and consumers;
  • Highlighting the progress that has started to take place in standardisation groups to that end;
  • Encouraging a systematic consideration of the element of ‘representativeness’ for all standards that support the Ecodesign framework
  • Calling for discussions to take place on how to tackle the issue of circumvention to prevent similar cases to those found in the automotive sector

ECOS is already taking horizontal actions to implement these proposals on the level of standardisation, such as the development of a methodology for consumer relevant testing, and will continue to strengthen its contribution for more representative methods on a product-by-product basis within the appropriate standardisation groups.

The STEP report can be read here.