The environmental impacts of a product during its use and end-of-life phases are strongly influenced by the early design phase of the product. Therefore standards...
Ecodesign & Energy Labelling
The EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policies drastically cut energy and resource consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. They are vital to ensure the success of the EU’s Clean Energy and Circular Economy strategies
Ecodesign increases the environmental performance of products and the Energy Label makes sure that consumers can easily access understandable information about product performance.
Since 2007, ECOS has represented the views of European and national environmental NGOS in the implementation of these policies. ECOS co-founded and co-leads the ‘Coolproducts for a cool planet’ campaign.
Up until now, 28 product-specific measures have been adopted under the Ecodesign legislative framework, as well as 16 Energy Labels. They include consumer products such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners and industrial products like power transformers and motors. A detailed list of the products and the aspects at stake is available here.
Ecodesign legislation gradually removes from the market the least energy and resource efficient products by setting limits that demand a certain level of performance. Meanwhile, the Energy Label pulls consumers towards the best products by giving them an impartial A to G ranking.
ECOS’ goal is to promote substantial environmental improvements in products put on the EU market within a short timescale, in order to deliver tangible greenhouse gas reductions, and other environmental and social benefits by 2030.
ECOS follows the development and revision of product-specific measures, providing technical contributions and positions throughout the policy process. Additionally, ECOS contributes to improving the functioning and overall ambition of the policy frameworks and pushes for reinforced market surveillance, robust test-methods reflecting real-life use, and synergies with other policies.
Furthermore, ECOS contributes to the development of Ecodesign European standards, which underpin the aforementioned product regulations. The establishment of European harmonised standards is crucial for the implementation of the policy framework, as they provide the test methodologies to be used for the verification of compliance of the products.
This industry-dominated work area in CEN and CENELEC means that the participation of ECOS is crucial. ECOS works to ensure that standards move closer to mirroring real-life use and conditions, to monitor whether methods allow for the expected energy and resource savings, to bring technical expertise from the environmental perspective, and finally contribute to a transparent and participatory standardisation system. Ambitious regulatory requirements can be undermined if the harmonised standards do not sufficiently address the above considerations.
ECOS contributes to the development of standards in product groups including:
- Household Electrical products: white goods, cooking appliances, vacuum cleaners, smart appliances
- Lighting products
- space and water heaters (boilers and hot water production appliances)
- motor-driven systems (including electric motors, fans and pumps),
- electric lamps and luminaires,
- commercial and professional refrigerating appliances
- horizontal issues related to Ecodesign such as tolerances and uncertainties, material efficiency of products, and coordination between Ecodesign and Energy Performance of Buildings standards.
For more details on ECOS’ participation in Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives, please contact:
Chloé Fayole – Policy Officer
Christoforos SPILIOTOPOULOS, Senior Policy Officer