50 washing machines had been tested in order to verify compliance levels with Energy Labelling and Ecodesign legislation requirements in the now-concluding ATLETE II project in which ECOS has been project partner.
The randomly selected sample was tested according to all requirements of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulations, excluding noise emission, ranging from the minimum technical parameters to mandatory information that must be provided to consumers.
The results showed that:
- 100% compliance rate with the energy efficiency class and energy consumption declarations for the Energy Label;
- 100% compliance rate with energy and water consumption Ecodesign minimum requirements;
- 92% overall compliance rate for functional performance class and parameters;
- 84% overall compliance of the product fiche and Ecodesign-requested information availability and proper format;
- 64% compliance with the requirement to indicate the standard programme on the machine;
- 38% compliance rate for the Ecodesign-requested information to be provided in the booklet of instructions
Overall, there was only a 30% compliance rate when all individual parameters where included.
The results, although positive also highlight the potential loss of savings consumers face due to the lack of information provided to them. As it stands,the results show that the Ecodesign and Labelling regulations are not performing at their greatest potential.
Bearing in mind that the sample size is small, the results highlight the progress which has been made, but also emphasises there is still work to be done in improving compliance across all individual parameters.
The full press release from the project can be found here