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|Recast of SAVE Directive on Energy Efficiency Labelling and Standards 2008|
Updated: July 2010
The Commission then
commissioned a study to test consumers' understanding of the different
labels and the update of the label classes. in the study, consultants
made a consumer survey asking 8000 consumers
8 EU countries
understanding of different labels. The survey showed that people better
understand the A-G labels than A-20%/A-40% labels, while they understand
the A+ / A++ labels equally well as the simpler A-G labels. The difference
is not large, only 72% of respondents answered correctly that a B-label
is better regarding energy efficiency than a C-label, while 65% could
identify an A-20% label to be better than an A-label. The survey showed
that the update period of a label can be critical: only 59% of identified
correctly a new, updated C-label to be better than an old C-label.
The result of the survey differs from previous surveys that have shown
clearly that the simple A-G label scale is best recognized among consumers.
The survey have been criticized EU Parliamentarians and NGOs. The Commission,
the Parliament and countries are now engaged in trialogue
meetings during October to find a solution to the impasse. A possible
outcome it that the A+/A++ will be used also in the future, but that
the scale could eventually be updated.
Read more information on ECOdesign issues at www.ecostandard.org/
The Commission is now proposing to allow labels to be issued not only by manufacturers or suppliers, but also by installers and wholesalers, in the situation, where an installer or wholesaler puts together different products and sells them as a packet. The specific example for this is a house heating system, where a boiler could have one efficiency, but a combination of a boiler, a solar heating an advanced control would be much more efficient, calculated as external energy needed to heat the house. That would solve an issue of how to include e.g. solar heating in the labelling of a heating system. The proposal is not agreed yet.
• From energy-using household products the scope of the directive will be extended to (a) energy-using products used in the industrial and commercial sectors and (b) other energy-related products which have an impact on energy consumption during use, such as insulated windows.
• In addition to energy consumption the labelling will be used for indicating other relevant and significant environmental parameters of the product.
•The precise modalities of the label for each product group will be defined in dedicated implementing measures, after consultation of stakeholders and assessment of impact. These measures can be market regulations, or even voluntary agreements, so special implementing directives will no longer be needed for most product groups.
•The new proposal will establish a harmonised base for public procurement and incentives provided by the EU and the Member States. The implementing measures will indicate the energy-performance level (corresponding to one of the labelling classes) below which public authorities should not procure or grant incentives. These levels will be set at a cost-effective level.
The proposal is expected to result in energy savings corresponding to more than 1100 PJ annually by 2020, which translates into the annual abatement of 80 Mt of CO2 emissions or equivalent to the annual anticipated emissions of Austria in 2020.
Read the proposed directive here