Will the European Commission’ hierarchy delay years of work on product measures by reducing the Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Package to a bare minimum?
The recent uncertainty as to the final shape of the “Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Package” brought ECOS to send a letter, co-signed by 54 organisations, to President Juncker, Secretary General Selmayr and DG Energy, Environment and GROW, asking them not to delay or minimise the Package and adopt the 20 Ecodesign & Energy Labelling measures as initially planned.
What’s at stake? Energy savings equivalent to 5% of the EU electricity consumption and innovative requirements to facilitate repair and recycling of products.
This is why we say: “Save the Package!”
This decision as to the fate of the Package will be taken on 28 September, part of a centralised process within the European Commission. As a result, the final decision as to a number of delegated and implementing acts might be left to the next Commission, which will not be in place until late 2019.
Repetitive delays as experienced over the last years come at a cost for all: costs of lost savings for citizens and the climate, costs of uncertainty and late return on investments for the industry, and costs of resource mobilisation for civil servants involved in policy-making. These measures are crucial to implementing EU climate, energy and circular economy objectives.
Also worth noting, both the European Parliament and the Council have called for a timely implementation of an ambitious Ecodesign policy: see the 2016 Council conclusions or the 2018 European Parliament report on Ecodesign.
Shall we try and #SaveThePackage? If not now, when?
What can you still do?
- Share this article and show your support on social media by using our hashtag #SaveThePackage
- Write your own letter to the European Commission as soon as possible!