ECOS calls for appeal against annulment of vacuum cleaner energy labelling regulation

ECOS has sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, calling on the Commission to appeal the decision of General Court of the European Union for the annulment of Regulation (EU) No 665/2013.

In its decision of 8 November 2018, the Court held that the test method for the measurement of the performance of vacuum cleaners does not comply with the essential elements of the Ecodesign Directive 2010/30/EU.

ECOS regrets this decision on a regulation that is expected to save of 19 terawatt hours (TWh) per year by 2020, equivalent to the electricity produced by 26 medium size coal power plants. An annulment will not only deprive the European market and consumers of those energy savings but will also compromise consumer trust of the EU Energy Label.

At the same time, ECOS urges the Commission to issue, in line with Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 665/2013, a Standardisation Request to the European Standardisation Organisations for the development of a more representative measurement method for the performance of vacuum cleaners involving a partly-loaded instead of an empty receptacle. The Commission should also proceed swiftly with the revision of Regulation (EU) No 665/2013, explicitly requesting that the harmonised European standard underpinning it must be based on a more representative measurement method for the performance of vacuum cleaners involving a partly-loaded instead of an empty receptacle.

ECOS has long been calling for test methods which represent real-life conditions experienced at consumers’ homes to deliver the energy savings expected by the product-specific Ecodesign regulations and build consumer confidence. A method for vacuum cleaners which is based on a partly-loaded receptacle rather than an empty one for the measurement of the performance parameters would be in line with this principle.

Download our letter here.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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