The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policies constitute effective tools to achieve major energy, resource and CO2 reductions, by banning from the market the least efficient products (Ecodesign), while pushing consumers towards better products (Energy Labelling). The ambitious implementation of these policies is vital for the success of the circular and clean energy agendas. We aim at ambitious requirements, both from an energy efficiency and material efficiency perspective, for as many product types as possible.
Consumers are not informed of the poor performance of portable electric heaters, which can still be bought for very low prices (around 20€) and can effectively comply with the existing regulation with a simple mechanic thermostat control. The low purchase price is however offset by the related energy consumption which inflates the electricity bills - something consumers may not fully realise when making that purchase. Electric heaters should be included in the scope of the Energy Labelling Regulation!
ECOS was recently accepted as liaison organisation in the new ISO Technical Committee (TC) 323 dedicated to circular economy. Together with delegates from all over the world, we attended the first meeting of the TC in Paris.