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Energy Efficiency Complaint Products 2014

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - EEPLIANT (Energy Efficiency Complaint Products 2014)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2017-06-30

Market surveillance across the EU in respect of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC and the Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU is not routinely undertaken by all the relevant authorities in a harmonised or coordinated way. This is important for without good market surveillance, there is no way to ensure that products comply with these Directives. Non-compliance penalises much of society: purchasers and users and those economic operators facing unfair competition from the supply of non-compliant products.
The objective of EEPLIANT 2014 (Energy Efficiency Compliant Products 2014) was to support the delivery of the economic and environmental benefits of these energy efficiency regulations by strengthening the skills and capacities of market surveillance authorities from AT, BE, BG, DE, DK, LT, MT, NL, SE, SI, UK leading to increasing compliance with the Directives and the relevant implementing regulations.
The program of work was divided into seven Work Packages (WPs).
WP1 provided management, coordination and strategic direction. This was achieved through forming a Management Team (MT) of representatives of each beneficiary and an Advisory Board who’s membership included stakeholder organisations. Meetings of these bodies have taken place as well as many meetings specific to individual WPs. Administrative management has been taking place through monitoring the progress of deliverables and through maintaining a continuing liaison with EASME. Coordination and technical management was provided through the work of the facilitators appointed to each WP by the coordinating beneficiary, PROSAFE.
WP2 produced Best Practice Guidelines. The tasks of familiarisation with these and the subsequent adoption of them was accomplished through the work being undertaken by the beneficiaries in WPs 4, 5 & 6.
WP3 was tasked to develop training materials and training opportunities both through attended events and through access to on-line materials. This was achieved by holding 3 training events and by posting training materials on-line that can be downloaded, if required, to enable self-learning to take place either on or off-line.
WP4 was the first of three work packages that were to focus on the core task for MSAs, that of the inspection and testing of products to check their compliance with the applicable regulations. These, for WP4, were the energy labelling and ecodesign requirements for LED lamps, 874/2012 and supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU and , for Ecodesign, 1194/2012. All 141 models selected for inspection and tests were based on a risk assessment of possible non-compliance so these results do not represent a statistical picture of the whole market.
• Up to 54% were non-compliant in respect of packaging information or technical documentation
• Only 14% of the tested models were fully compliant
The most significant problems encountered were ones of insufficient luminous flux (not bright enough) and poor lifetime performance. A substantial number of enforcement measures were taken.
WP5 was tasked to develop a market surveillance approach for products covered by a Voluntary Agreement (VA) recognised by the European Commission under the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC). This, for WP5, was that for Imaging Equipment (printers, selected from copiers, faxes, scanners and MFDs). No VA has previously been examined by MSAs as the legal basis of VAs is very different to those covered by the requirements of the Commission Regulations that implement the corresponding Directive. the role of MSAs in respect of the Voluntary Agreement (VA) was explored and some potential non-conforming printers were identified. Feedback was provided to the European Commission that suggested how VAs could be developed to include an effective role for MSAs.
WP6 carried out an action for coordinated monitoring, verification and enforcement for space and combination heaters subject to energy labelling (COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) No 811/2013) and ecodesign (COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 813/2013). This WP focused on dealing with the types of products that most MSAs are finding particularly challenging – the larger more powerful products found in the professional and industrial markets. a variety of types of combination heaters were tested, the largest were 200kW.
• 100% of the technical files examined were non-compliant
• All products tested complied with Eco-design requirements within the tolerances permitted
• Not all products tested complied with Energy labelling requirements.
Under performing heaters can represent large energy losses. A number of enforcement measures needed to be taken.
WP7 delivered a proactive and highly visible communication plan direct to stakeholders; supply chain and the wider user community. A large number of communication activities took place. These included developing the project website from which all project documentation can be downloaded, the release of newsletters and press releases in four languages. Other communication avenues have included the use of Advisory Board members as a communications conduit to their wider national membership and the establishment of a Twitter account.
Progress beyond the state of the art was achieved in WPs 3, 5 & 6.
WP3 – has published e-learning training tools for market surveillance authority staff to access at no cost through the EEPLIANT website. This is the first time that such training tools have been made available in this way.
WP5 – examined the detailed workings of a Voluntary Agreement (VA) endorsed under the Ecodesign Directive by the European Commission. This is the first time the market surveillance authorities have subjected one of the these VAs to a detailed scrutiny under operational conditions.
WP6 – undertook a market surveillance inspection of professional equipment that can only be done in situ because the equipment is too large and too powerful to be tested in conventional test laboratory of the type normally used by such authorities. This is believed to be the first time such large professional equipment has been examined by market surveillance authorities enforcing the Ecodesign Directive.
WP6 has also undertaken a “round-robin” between the market surveillance authorities in respect of making document examinations. These are more usually associated with laboratory testing but as documentation examination is, perhaps, the most important “tool” that the authorities use then making sure that these are done in a thorough and consistent way is very valuable. It is believed that this is the first time that this has been done between different authorities.
Impacts from EEPLIANT
• A qualitative review of the non-compliances detected during the inspections and testing of heaters showed potential energy savings from EEPLIANT exceeding the 86GWh originally projected.
• Increasing the confidence among purchasers, manufacturers and retailers of the levels of compliance in the EU market.
• Visible enforcement of EU product legislation with resulting reduction in consumer detriment.
• Improving the competitive market (by removing the free-riding non-compliant products).
• Sharing of EEPLIANT’s inspection and testing results with all MSAs in the EU, so that they can use them too