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:
Digi-label, ‘Delivering digital Energy Labelling solutions to enable consumer action on purchasing energy efficient appliances’, is a three-year project, running from April 2016 to March 2019, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims to provide consumers with additional information to complement the current energy label and product information at point of sale and online. Positively influencing consumer-buying choices will help deliver greater energy savings, and secure an increased market share of the highest performing appliances. To do so, the project will provide partner retailers and manufacturers with a digital solution – branded as PocketWatt- to apply in store and online.
Eleven partner organizations throughout Europe are taking part in Digi-label and working on the seven work packages the project is made of. The project will focus on key product areas (i.e. refrigeration, laundry, dishwashing and air conditioning) incorporating 8 product categories.
Following the initial design of the digital solution, it was piloted with retailers in Spain and the UK; and there will be a wider scale roll out implemented in five member states: the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
ECOS is leading the development of the digital solution in collaboration with all the consortium members and will support the development of the project at further stages of its role out and development.
Further information can be found on the project website
INTAS, ‘Industrial and Tertiary Product Testing and Application of Standards’, is a three-year project, running from April 2016 to March 2019, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims to provide technical and cooperative support and capacity building activities to Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) concerned with the enforcement of Ecodesign Directive requirements for very large products. The need for INTAS arises from the difficulty that MSAs and market actors face in establishing and verifying compliance with energy performance requirements for large industrial products subject to requirements under the Ecodesign Directive. It is specifically focused on transformers and industrial fans. The project consortium expects that the INTAS methodology will be easily exported to other large products such as pumps, large commercial refrigeration products, etc.
The project involves 16 European partners, among which 11 are national MSAs or cooperating organisations.
As a key consortium member, ECOS will lead the evaluation of the compliance assessment methodology that will be developed under the project and by which MSAs can identify, select, and evaluate large industrial transformers and fans. This will ensure that the proposed methodology is reliable and in accordance with the regulations.
Further information can be found on the project website
The ComplianTV project (April 2013 to 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 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.