After three years, the MarketWatch project comes to an end in April. Working closely with 15 other NGOs across Europe, the MarketWatch project helped raise awareness and build experience and capacity for NGOs in the field of market surveillance, in particular for the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign regulations. With a conservative estimate of at least 10% of the expected energy savings being lost to non-compliant products, ECOS and its partners have helped close the gap on over 100TWh of energy saving per year – the equivalent to three Fukushima-size nuclear power plants producing electricity for a whole year.
The final meeting, which presented findings and conclusions was attended by representatives from various industry associations, NGOs, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Dario Tamburrano, the rapporteur for the revision of the energy label, gave a keynote presentation on how the proposed amendments would improve market surveillance across the Union.
In summary, 1 in 5 of the products failed the projects’ lab test. A clear difference was found between the measured values of energy consumption, to that which was declared. In the shop monitoring, both online and in high street stores, it was found that half of all products do not carry their correct energy label. Whilst many of the failures found in stores are attributed to specific areas such as online sales, and smaller and specialised physical stores, it clearly indicates that more work needs to be done in this area.
The final report of the MarketWatch project can be found here.