The Ecopliant project – supported by the EU Intelligent Energy Europe program – is a project involving official market surveillance authorities in 10 EU Member States. The...
Insufficient market surveillance is one of the main obstacles to the full realisation of the energy saving potential of the EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of the expected savings can be wasted due to non-compliant products on the market. This translates into more than 100 TWh of annual final energy savings that could be missed in the EU (as much as the current residential electricity consumption of Eastern Europe).
ECOS has been working to improve the Energy labelling and Ecodesign directives since 2007, with the aim to create robust and ambitious energy-saving targets. In order to ensure the proper implementation of these directives, and for their full potential to be realised, we intend to be active in the field of market surveillance of these regulations.
‘…Market surveillance is the answer. If high quality legislation, based on a sound evaluation of market needs is one side of the coin, market surveillance is the other’ – Product safety and market surveillance package – European Commission 2013
Insufficient market surveillance is one of the main obstacles to the full realisation of the energy saving potential of the EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives, which is why this work is important. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of the expected savings can be wasted due to non-compliant products on the market. This translates into more than 100 TWh of annual final energy savings that could be missed in the EU (as much as the current residential electricity consumption of Eastern Europe).
Enforcement of the Ecodesign standards and energy labelling encourage further confidence and growth, as well as continued research and development, as this figure highlights:
ECOS are currently involved in the following market surveillance projects:
The ComplianTV project (April 2013 till Oct. 2015) is a similar project to ATLETE 2; however the testing of compliance is on televisions and computer monitors. ECOS is also a minor partner, with activities related to methodologies and dissemination of results, as well as transparency and credibility. For more information visit the project website.
Guidelines on in-store shops and online shops surveys.
The MarketWatch project (April or May 2013 till March 2016) is a key project for the involvement of civil society in market surveillance, involving 16 ENGO and consumer NGO partners in 10 Member States. ECOS is a central partner, leading one Work Package, contributing technically and supervising the participation of ENGOs in the project. More information is available on the MarketWatch website.
Ecopliant project aims to establish a framework and supporting infrastructure for the cost-effective coordination of the monitoring, verification and enforcement of the Ecodesign Directive that is suitable for use across the whole European Economic Area (EEA). It will also identify and share best practice. ECOS sits on the steering committee with the aim of ensuring transparent and useful results. More information and the results of this project are available on the project website.
The ATLETE 2 project (May 2012 to Oct. 2014) was a pan-European testing campaign on washing machines, focusing on identifying free riders and investigating potential issues with implementation a new testing standard for the energy efficiency of these appliances. ECOS was a minor partner in the project, but with important responsibilities related to the transparency and credibility of the interpretation of test results. More information and the results of this project are available on the ATLETE2 website.