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Consultation: Towards new energy labelling and ecodesign rules

A European Commission consultation has opened on the future of energy labelling and ecodesign directives in the EU. The consultation which will be open until the 30th November is expected to feed into an evaluation of the effectiveness of the two directives. Stakeholders are being asked to give their views on the rules’ effectiveness and options to improve them. The consultation considers the introduction of new energy classes to reflect constant advances in product design. through a new A++++ grading. The way labels are displayed and the need for additional data on a products’ life expectancy are also being raised in the consultation. On the ecodesign directive, the consultation looks at scope being extended to non-energy-related products. An initial evaluation will be completed shortly after the end of the consultation in December with a final report being published in June 2014.  The 2010 energy labelling directive requires the commission to produce this report by 31 December 2014. A review of EU ecodesign rules concluded that regulatory changes were unnecessary although certain aspects could be revisited in 2014 as part of the energy labelling evaluation. Download consultation and evaluation project

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