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Energy Efficiency Compliant Products 3

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EEPLIANT3 (Energy Efficiency Compliant Products 3)

Reporting period: 2019-06-01 to 2020-11-30

Ecodesign and Energy Labelling are estimated to contribute with some 162 Mtoe primary energy savings in 2020. But poor compliance holds back the full saving potential of the energy efficiency policies.

Energy Efficiency Compliant Products 3 - EEPLIANT3 (www.eepliant.eu) is the largest pan-EU Concerted Action to date on energy efficiency market surveillance. 24 Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) and 5 organisations from 20 EU Member States plus Turkey work together since June 2019 to accelerate the transformation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU market surveillance on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, promote sustainability and hence support the green transition (as part of the European Green Deal and the New Consumers Agenda). It does that by identifying free-riding non-compliant products to the benefit of the European consumer and law-abiding manufacturers. Next to this, it creates a synergy platform to support a more harmonised approach amongst Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) across Europe by developing and implementing common guidelines and synergies with EU Customs and the industry, smart digital (ICT) and customary tools, training and exchanges programmes, best practices, and shared – to the extent possible – evaluation and enforcement frames of reference, concepts/models and methods.

EEPLIANT3 reviews the compliance and tests the energy performance of six categories of products placed on the EU market:

- Air conditioners and comfort fans;
- Household tumble dryers;
- Water heaters and hot water storage tanks;
- Ventilation units;
- Lighting products; and
- Local space heaters.

The EEPLIANT3 Concerted Action has the ambition to generate multiple long-lasting benefits for the environment, the EU citizens/consumers, and the economic operators/businesses as a result of its transboundary market surveillance campaigns. An impact assessment based on a bespoke evaluation/calculation model, as part of the project’s work programme, will quantify/measure the saving impacts of the project-related energy efficiency measures to support sector-level regularisation, data-informed cost-effective policy design and policy mix, while empowering EU consumers by boosting public awareness on lost energy and consumer trust in the energy performance of products, thus contributing to (lasting) changes in energy consumption.

For achieving its goals, EEPLIANT3 builds upon the success, the good practices and the lessons learnt of the former EEPLIANT1 (2015-17) and EEPLIANT2 (2017-20) Joint Actions.
Overall, the work of the project working groups has been progress in accordance with the agreed project plan, however suffering delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. WP1 led the response to the crisis by studying and analysing the cascading trans-boundary effects that fed into a crisis management and risk mitigation plan with appropriate/proportionate repair strategies and mitigation measures. In this respect, a request for an amendment to the GA with a 6-month extension of the project duration was submitted with the objective to lessen/mitigate the damage, ensure fulfilment of our GA obligations and meet expectations. Next to this, in RP1 WP1 undertook the financial and admin management of the project, tracked and controlled the technical progress, the quality and the performance of the activities including outputs, and achieved significant impact and visibility as a result of a modern public communication and outreach strategy. Besides the coordination and organisation of project meetings, WP1 steered the set up and organised two Management Team and Advisory Boards meetings to date.

WP2 – Development of IT tools:
Succeeded in identifying a balanced portfolio of IT tools. This includes :

• #1 - Upload to ICSMS tool as carried forward by EEPLIANT2 and further developed/adjusted in EEPLIANT3;
• #2 - Web-crawler;
• #3 - Robotic / AI innovation project;
• #4 - A number of quick wins.

WP3 – Collaboration with Customs:
The group has gathered information on best practices and recommendations via surveys and interviews and established contact with targeted Customs officers.

WP4 - Centres of excellence for product testing:
A survey of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling MSAs to enquire of the testing facilities they have or plan to develop has been completed. Close collaboration and synergy links with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) were established.

WP5 – Training and exchange programme:
A survey to identify training needs and specific topics for the training and the exchange programmes has been completed. In RP1, WP5 started the scoping of the exchange programme. Close collaboration with the JRC was also established.

WP6 – New and emerging issues:
A number of known and new emerging challenges have been identified in collaboration with the AdCos. These are being addressed with the support of bespoke Factsheets including recommendations.

WP7 - Air conditioners and Comfort Fans:
Document and online/EPREL inspections are almost finalised based on bespoke assessment tools. More than half of the online inspected products had energy label related information, but in no case all the obligations foreseen in the EU regulation were met. Less than half of the inspected models were in EPREL.

WP8 – Tumble Dryers:
Document and online/EPREL inspections are almost finalised based on bespoke assessment tools. Almost 80% of the online inspected products had energy label related information. 70% of the inspected models were in EPREL.

WP9 - Water Heaters and Storage Tanks:
Two upstream internal surveys and stakeholder interviews set the focus for its action. WP9 has screened 173 models, out of which 111 were selected for document inspection. Participants have decided to undertake a Round Robin exercise on technical documentation.

WP10 - Ventilation Units:
WP10 has finalised online and document inspections. 110 products have been selected for doc checks, while 121 products were inspected at online shops. 84 did not display the mandatory energy label. 143 products were inspected at manufacturers’ websites, with 16% not displaying the mandatory product fiche.

WP11 and WP12 have not started their activities.
Overview of achievements beyond the state of the art and key exploitable results to date (RP1):

- An upgraded EEPLIANT3 ‘Knowledge Base’ and ‘Toolbox’ on the EEPLIANT cluster website

- An inspiring EEPLIANT3 Wiki Confluence space with an ingenious embedded Rapid Advice eForum (RAF) and an e-Library of numerous tools and guidelines

- A compilation of existing IT tools related to the below listed areas of functionality:

• Strategic planning of market surveillance
• Planning market surveillance campaigns
• Case management
• Carrying out inspections
• Technical documentation checks
• Screening of products
• Laboratory testing
• Managing inspection results
• Enforcement
• Notifying interested parties e.g. re: non-compliance
• Management reporting
• Providing business intelligence
• Other.

- Multiple intra-consortium and external synergies of added value

- Development of common/harmonised approaches/procedures on product screening and inspection

- A novel Round Robin exercise on technical documentation under WP9

- Enhanced cost-effective communication strategies, reaching and engaging with multiple audiences also in a two-way exchange
EEPLIANT3 Launch Conference held on 19 June 2019 at the premises of PROSAFE
Participants & stakeholders in detailed discussion about WPs in Networking Booths at Launch Event
Some of the EEPLIANT3 Launch Conference speakers
Tweet on EEPLIANT3 participation to the (online) international event organised by EVIA on 5 May 2020
EEPLIANT3 WP5 kick-off meeting held on 26 September 2019 in Stockholm
EEPLIANT3 1st Advisory Board Meeting held on 12 December 2019 at the premises of PROSAFE
Participants & stakeholders in detailed discussion about WPs in Networking Booths at Launch Event
EEPLIANT3 WP3 kick-off meeting held on 25 February 2020 at the premised of PROSAFE
Mr Robert Nuij giving a keynote speech at the EEPLIANT3 Launch Conference on 19 June 2019