Ecodesign and Energy Labelling have proven to be a highly effective framework in terms of reducing emissions and Europe’s fossil fuel import dependency but also in benefiting the consumers and our industries. At the same time, European Standards are essential complementing tools to EU legislation for a circular economy, supporting, among others, the Ecodesign and the Energy Labelling Regulations in providing methods to measure and assess whether products comply with regulatory requirements.
For some time now, Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policies supported by European Standards help business and consumers by enabling them to make a better and more rational use of energy by choosing more efficient products. The transition to a circular economy not only requires collective efforts from various sectors, but also putting the consumer at the centre of a strong product policy. What is the role for Ecodesign, Energy Labelling and the underpinning standards with regards to the challenges that this transition poses? How can standards best support the regulatory framework while empowering consumers to be themselves part of the transition?
This session, organized by CEN, CENELEC and the Coolproducts campaign, aspires to explore the challenges ahead for the framework and standards, as well as the relationship between the two, by presenting three main themes:
The need for test methods in standards to provide consumers and user of household appliances relevant information on the energy performance of these products and other performance parameters. This information is the result of product testing, which therefore needs to be as representative as possible of real-life conditions of product use and consumer behaviour, without compromising the repeatability and reproducibility of test results;
Ways to address material efficiency aspects such as product durability and reparability, which are increasingly relevant and reflected in regulations;
The possible future development of the policy with regards to the decision & implementation process, the scope of products and the environmental dimensions to be covered.
Discussions will outline the efforts currently undertaken to address these issues, what are the needs in terms of revised or new standards and the characteristics those need to obtain in order to be fit for purpose in the new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling realities, and serve the purpose of providing meaningful information to consumers.