Consumers at the centre of Standardization for Ecodesign and Energy Labelling: CEN and CENELEC hosted a conference during the EUSEW 2019 

On 20th June, as part of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), CEN and CENELEC, together with the Coolproducts campaign, organised a special event dedicated to the role of European Standardization in supporting Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policies. “Ecodesign and Energy Labels: setting standards for consumers” took place at the European Commission Charlemagne building in Brussels as part of the Policy Conference of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2019 (EUSEW 2019) .

Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policies supported by European Standards are key to concretely develop the transition to a circular economy while putting the consumer at the centre of a strong product policy. For this reason, the event was an opportunity for a wide array of speakers from the standardization community, consumer organisations, the industry and EU institutions to get together to discuss the role of Ecodesign, Energy Labelling and the underpinning standards with regards to the challenges that this transition poses.

The conference was opened by two opening speeches, setting the scene for the discussions to follow: in the first one, Robert Nuij, Head of Sector, Energy efficiency of products, at the European Commission’s DG Energy, gave an overview of the role of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Package in fostering the transition towards a circular economy. After him, Catherine Vigneron, Customer Service Specialist Energy and Living at CEN and CENELEC, presented how the standards development process guarantees a flexible and timely response to ensure that the market needs are met and how standards support the implementation of EU policies and regulations.

The introductory speeches were followed by three panels, dedicated to specific aspects of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. In order to ensure the biggest variety of opinions to nourish the discussion on such a relevant issue for the future of the European economy, each panel saw the participation of speakers coming from different backgrounds.

  • Panel 1 – Consumer relevant product testing standards: Alain Roux, Chairman of CENELEC/TC 59X ‘Performance of household and similar electrical appliances’; Chris Evans, from ANEC, the Consumers’ voice in standardization; and Michal Zakrzewski, from APPLiA, Home Appliance Europe shared their views on the need for test methods in standards to provide consumers and users of household appliances with relevant information on the energy performance of these products and other performance parameters.
  • Panel 2 - Material efficiency aspects in energy-related products: Bram Soenen, Senior attaché Product policy at the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment; Christoforos Spiliotopoulos, Policy Director at the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation; and Richard Hughes, Former Chairman of CEN-CENELEC/JTC 10 ‘Energy-related products - Material Efficiency Aspects for Ecodesign’ discussed the possible ways to address material efficiency aspects such as product durability and reparability.
  • Panel 3 - Future EU product policy and its impacts and challenges: Geert Maes, Customer Solution Manager Industry and Electrotechnology at CEN and CENELEC; Jesper Ditlefsen, Special Advisor at the Danish Energy Agency; and the European Commission’s Robert Nuij explored the possible future policy developments with regards to the decision and implementation process, the scope of products and the environmental  dimensions to be covered.

The three panels outlined the efforts currently undertaken to address these issues, highlighting 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.

The complete video recording of the event can be found on the European Commission’s official webpage.

To know more about the work CEN and CENELEC undertake on standardization for Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, please visit the dedicated page on the CEN and CENELEC website.

For more information, please contact Catherine VIGNERON.